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But it's only one day

Monday, July 04, 2011

But it's your birthday

But it's our anniversary

But it's Christmas

But it's Halloween

But it's new year's

But it's Easter

But you're on vacation (DH's favorite one)

But you got a raise

But you lost your job

But you had a tough day, month, year

But you burned a gazillion calories at Zumba

But I'm too tired to cook

Nuff said. All those buts add to your butt.

There's nothing wrong with indulging occasionally, but it's way too easy to turn every occasion into an indulgence.

Choose wisely today, my spark buddies. Don't forget why you're here.

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KANSASROSE67 7/5/2011 3:28PM

    "All those buts add to your butt." I'm going to remember that one...thanks!

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SONGETX 7/5/2011 9:48AM

    How true! All those excuses added almost 10 pounds to my already overweight frame! BUT, I'm back and appreciated reading your blog so simply put! Thanks!

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RATFINKROB 7/5/2011 9:35AM

    All the buts go to my belly :)

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DDOORN 7/4/2011 11:14PM

    Great reminders!

Hope you had a SPARKIN' Fourth! :-)


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    emoticon Great advice!

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VLVTGRRL 7/4/2011 3:18PM

    EXACTLY! Happy Independence Day! emoticon

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SKFEREBEE 7/4/2011 2:43PM


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STIPER23 7/4/2011 1:54PM

    So true. I have been finding too many excuses lately.

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TEMPEST272002 7/4/2011 1:50PM

    Thanks for the chuckle - and the good reminder. All those "just one" ... just one day, just one bite... add up fast.

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HALFFAST 7/4/2011 1:41PM

    You said butt ;)

Happy 4th Judy!

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SLIMMERJESSE 7/4/2011 11:52AM

    You should put all your blogs into book form and sell on Amazon as an Ebook. You have said so much through the years that is valuable. Thank you!

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IAM_HIS2 7/4/2011 9:01AM

    Love your blog!! Awesome--I am printing a copy and giving it a special place so I can read it everyday. Thank you so very much!!

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DOGMOMMA2THREE 7/4/2011 8:21AM

    Funny how we all use these tricks to deceive ourselves, isn't it. Thanks for sharing! Oh, and Happy July 4th

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KARBIE18 7/4/2011 7:51AM

    Very good advice! I couldn't agree more!

This is actually one of the reasons I'm so much in debt. But it's your birthday....

Never again.

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XFITSTRONG 7/4/2011 7:50AM

    Yep... there's always a reason to celebrate. Need to find a way to do it without food!

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EDWINA172 7/4/2011 6:50AM

    Perfect! I'm sharing this one. Have a great holiday weekend!

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LADYRH 7/4/2011 6:12AM

    Very good advice. Thanks

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2 bunnies & a deer

Saturday, July 02, 2011

It's a really good feeling to know that you've drunk 6 cups of water & knocked out about 4 1/2 miles (even if they were slow run/walk intervals) all by 8 a.m. It just sets the tone for the day!

I saw 2 bunnies on my run this morning & I tried out my new Amphipod runlite fuel belt, which I think I'm going to like. It comes in 3 sizes (or one that's adjustable) & after much dithering I chose size 2; I think it's the right size for me. It's got 4 removable 8 oz water bottles - so you can run with just 1 or up to 4.

The bottles can be placed where you want them, either vertically or horizontally. There's a removable, divided pouch which fit my iPod, some honey stinger chews, my license, a credit card, my AAA card, & a $10 bill. And there's another little pocket I could slide my keys into.

I didn't really need 4 bottles this morning, but I wanted to test it out.

Yesterday I took the dogs for a long walk at a path just outside the city of Albany. I was rewarded with a deer siting, which surprised the heck out of me because there isn't much woods & it's so close to the city, tried to take pics but it was just too far away.

So, do you have a plan in place for the 4th? Normally I plan out my meals the day before, or sometimes the day of. But I actually made a plan for the 4th yesterday. I was trying to decide what to have - DH is having a bison burger, but I'm not a big fan of burgers. I considered the bison hot dogs, but they're not terribly filling.

I'd just downloaded a free cookbook to my kindle about grilling for vegetarians. Voila! An avocado goat cheese quesadilla it is, with a side of baked sweet potato fries. Doesn't that sound yummy? Does to me!

I know you may not have control over your food for the fourth, but you can still do some planning. Planning to bring something healthy, eat a healthy snack beforehand, choosing what is worth a splurge - and what isn't.

Remember, winners never quit & quitters never win!

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NATPLUMMER 7/2/2011 9:46AM

    Great run!!! I've got one of those belts, too! Does your pouch for the iPod have a place for the headphone cord to come through? I haven't had more than two water bottles attached while running.
My brother is coming over for turkey burgers and chicken sausages (all Trader Joe's) on Monday. I do have a fresh zucchini...gigantic, from a cowrker's garden that I'll be putting on the Griddler. If I liked avocado, that quesadilla would soudn yummy.

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TEMPEST272002 7/2/2011 9:44AM

    I love productive days... but today isn't going to be one of them for me. It's nearly 10 & I've yet to do anything but read your blog & sip on coffee.

The quesadilla/sweet potatoes does sound yummy! We had Canada Day yesterday complete with fireworks & bbq. Splurged a bit on a hamburger, but then filled my plate with salads. Bison is my favourite red meat. We're lucky enough to have a bison farm nearby, so we buy direct.

Cool about the wild life sitings. I always enjoy that. I had a quail dart out at me yesterday in full "let me distract you from my babies" dance. Startled me... but then I was having to run interference because Dog because VERY interested. Working hard these days to keep her from following her hunter instincts.

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FRECKS96 7/2/2011 9:04AM

    Great start to your day!! That dinner does sound good, maybe I'll come to your place!

Have a great weekend!

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DDHEART 7/2/2011 8:18AM

    You deserve a big pat on your already met goals...love getting and trying those new fitness purchases, you'll love that belt! My latest is Yurbuds...they really do stay in my ears when I run! It's been so hot and humid here I have not had a run for a few days...feel a little lost without it but with the heat index in the triple digits, I know it's best for me..sigh
Have a great holiday!

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Structure or free spirit?

Friday, July 01, 2011

There is no right or wrong answer, only a right or wrong answer for YOU at this point in YOUR journey.

As I was commenting to a spark buddy this morning, I NEED the accountability of my weekly WIs & WW meetings. I spent about 15 or so yrs struggling against that truth, but ultimately that denial only made me fat & unhappy.

Having a scale in my home, however, is not the structure I need & I got rid of mine years ago & am happier for it.

Following a food plan t a T? Nope, not for me. Can't do it. I'll take ideas from it, but in the end I'm happier making my own food plans.

Needing the structure of my own food plan? Absolutely. I at least need an idea of what I can eat at each meal.

So I suppose, in the end, I am both a structure girl AND a free spirit. Which one are you?

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KANSASROSE67 7/5/2011 3:27PM

    I love my structured plan of working out..running 3 days, alternating wtih circuit training 3 days, with a rest day on Sunday.

I don't enjoy tracking, but it's the only thing that's ever worked for me, so I do it religiously. I do best planning the day's food in the morning. I don't follow a meal plan...I have to cook dinner for my family, brown bag it at noon, and have something quick for breakfast, so I use my own recipies and foods I like.

Structure with flexibility...that's me, I think.

Good blog!

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DISPATCHER04 7/2/2011 1:42AM

    Definitely a structure with a side of freedom kind of girl.

I weigh in daily. I do best when a log my foods. But I need to pick my own foods, or I'm ill as a hornet! Some days I'm not in the mood for a grilled chicken salad. Some days I may really need chocolate. As long as I'm logging, I'm generally okay. However, if I eat as many calories as Spark says I need, I don't lose. Not even running 3.1 miles.

So definitely a mix of both.

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HALFFAST 7/1/2011 9:47PM

    My mom has ALWAYS referred to me as a Free Spirit, but over the past few years I've definitely had to add in bits of structure here and there (though I'll admit I don't like to ;))

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    Great blog, you really got me thinking. I seem to be a little bit of both!

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TEMPEST272002 7/1/2011 11:45AM

    I want to say free spirit because I can't look at a structured plan without thinking how to adjust it in some way. But maybe that's more about my "authority figure issues" & always thinking I know just a little bit better. Because once I've tweaked a plan to suit myself, I tend to be rigid about following it. The more structured my plan, the more likely I am to comply with it. Hmmmm.... wonder how this is going to play out with my "listening to the body" plan. Geez, my 40's are just one giant learning curve.

Once again, you have me gazing out the window, coffee in hand, thinking about something you've brought up in your blog. It's why I can't stay away - even with these dratted computer problems.


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NATPLUMMER 7/1/2011 9:51AM

    I think I'm both as well. Although the structure is definitely more in my exercising than my eating.

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RATFINKROB 7/1/2011 9:04AM

    I'm not much for structure. I try and purchase healthy food and then eat what I feel like. I track my food after the fact and try to keep everything in line.

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KARBIE18 7/1/2011 9:02AM

    When it comes to my fitness/wellness journey, totally a free spirit. Just about everything else, structure all the way!

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SLIMMERJESSE 7/1/2011 8:58AM

    I agree - I am both, although more a free spirit. Love your blogs and vote for them consistently. Big hug.

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EDWINA172 7/1/2011 7:59AM

    Both~Structure of tracking my food but freedom to choose which foods I eat. Its all about how food makes me feel, and which fuel is the best for my body.
Good question. Thanks for posting.

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SKINNYPOWELL1 7/1/2011 7:57AM

    I think I'm a little bit of both, but I lean more towards STRUCTURE. I like a routine and I'm usually not too happy when my routine is interrupted, but I am trying, ocassionally, to fly by the seat of my pants.

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SJSLOWRUNNER 7/1/2011 7:55AM

  I agree. I am a little of both. I need structure b/c I thrive on following certain things. But in other things - I go my own way.

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Every setback is an opportunity to learn & rambling

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

I have learned that I can maintain my weight with lighter exercise as long as I pay close attention to what I put in my mouth.

I have learned that running, hard as it may seem at times, is addictive & ultimately energizes me.

Poor man's P90X: supreme90day.com . Looks very interesting & got really good reviews on amazon.

I've got Core Performance for Women out from the library; I'd read about it in another book. Looks interesting, haven't actually tried the exercises yet. I've also got Framework for the Knee on order from the library - it's checked in so shouldn't take too long. I want to keep the aches & pains to a minimum!

I've learned that I won't die if I wait later to eat my breakfast. In addition to trying out the Wendie plan, I'm also doing a very short fast one day a week. As in 12 hrs. Mostly while I sleep. Well, it's actually longer than 12 hrs - roughly just delaying my breakfast for a few hours. It's supposed to be good for your digestive system, it's not some diet gimmick.

And speaking of diet gimmicks, I got sucked into dr. Oz's show yesterday where he did a segment on the HcG diet. No, no interest here but I'm always interested in learning.

What have you learned?

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TRI_BABE 6/30/2011 10:06PM

    Thanks for posting! Will have to check out the videos. I love the library too!!

I've learned that I can be slim without killing myself with diet and exercise, which is actually counterproductive to me being healthy. And that yes, starvation mode does exist, and that rest is actually critical to good health.

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HALFFAST 6/29/2011 8:58PM

    I totally ditto what SkinnyPowell says! I may not always comment, but I'm always reading and am always inspired by what you have to say/share :)

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    I have learned to how to garden. I have learned that I do like to exercise and that I am not too old to jump rope.

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SKINNYPOWELL1 6/29/2011 2:15PM

    I've learned that SP buddies are the best. Your daily input and insight is a huge part of my life, I learn something new everyday and I take a little piece of each of you with me everywhere. Thanks for always teaching, learning, and sharing. emoticon

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DISPATCHER04 6/29/2011 12:49PM

    I've learned that getting enough sleep is essential to weight loss and health in general. More important than I had previously treated it.

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TEMPEST272002 6/29/2011 12:48PM

    You've learned a lot recently! I've learned that I actually prefer fresh fruit and veggies to anything deep fried.

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NATPLUMMER 6/29/2011 10:35AM

    I actually have Supreme 90 day but since I'm doing ChaLEAN right now I'll wait to try it out later in the year.
I thought you were supposed to eat within 2 hours of getting up.

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KARBIE18 6/29/2011 10:06AM

    I've learned that I can make wise choices, and maintain my weight, no matter what life throws my way.

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RATFINKROB 6/29/2011 9:31AM

    I have learned:

Eating small meals all through the day keep me full, I eat a lot less calories, and I have more energy.

Cutting meat out of my diet has cleared up all the intestinal problems I had and my cholesterol levels are back in the good range.

There is not excuse worth skipping a work out for.

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MZSLYDE01 6/29/2011 8:57AM

    Thanks for the link to that Poor Man's P90X. I am checking it out now.
I have learned that those darn cravings for crappy food and then giving in isn't worth it because within an hour I am in the bathroom with a huge gut ache....LOL
But I have learned that yes it won't kill me to wait a few hours longer to eat my breakfast - don't need to eat 5 minutes after I am awake.
Also have learned that the more I move the better I feel and the more water I drink the better I feel. GOD's NECTAR.
Yes I am pretty simple and pretty easy to please as well.

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Challenge yourself!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

I don't remember which spark buddy read this blog, but I'm glad she did because I read it too & I joined up. It's a 1 month challenge, led by sisters (one's a beach body coach!), and you'll get a different challenge, covering mind, body & nutrition, every day for the month of July. And who couldn't use a little challenge?

I especially love that they include the mental aspects - so important! You've got to email a request to join in the fun.


Let's see, in other news I tried frozen kefir for dessert last night. Kefir is a fermented milk drink that's supposed to be very good for you, altho I've actually never tried it. Can we say tart? And that's with 16 gm of sugar in it! I'm not sure I'll buy it again. Maybe. Maybe not.

Happy we finally got a nice day yesterday. I'm sure the weather has contributed to my ennui. Today isn't quite as nice, but I did take the dogs for a long walk by the canal. Even if Chester made it clear that he'd much rather be chillin' in some AC after about 20 minutes. Amazing how fast he can suddenly move when he realizes we're headed back.

Yesterday I'd planned to have my chocolate banana cherry protein smoothie as a snack. Or so I thought. I could've sworn i'd put a banana in the freezer but apparently once again I was delusional.

I did, however, have some frozen banana & pineapple. I didn't think it would taste all that great with chocolate protein powder, but desperate times call for desperate measures.

I liked it so much that I'm choosing to have that combination again today. Plus pineapple has enzymes that are supposed to help flatten your belly.

Guess that's enough rambling for one day & don't forget to challenge yourself today!

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BESSHAILE 6/29/2011 7:14AM

    ooo. I like pineapple anyway - just hadn't realized it was such a good friend. Thanks for the tip

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DOGMOMMA2THREE 6/28/2011 3:36PM

    Had to laugh about Chester gaining speed on the way home. Our Peaches used to be like that! Good luck with the challenge!

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TEMPEST272002 6/28/2011 11:43AM

    The challenge should be good to help you focus on the little steps. I was tempted to join you... but too much on my plate right now. I agree about the kefir - it was too tart for me too. I think it's an acquired taste, I know some people just love it. The pineapple combo sounds tasty.

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MZSLYDE01 6/28/2011 11:10AM

    I am signing up for the challenge right now.
That combo pineapple, banana and chocolate is yummy - I have had a similar smoothie before and loved it.
I am not sure I will be trying Kefir now though.
Thanks for the heads up on it.

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SKINNYPOWELL1 6/28/2011 10:53AM

    I signed up too, YEAH, we can all do it together.

I didn't know that pineapple was supposed to help flatten the belly.

Bring on the pineapple !!!!!!
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NATPLUMMER 6/28/2011 10:28AM

    I just requested an invite. I wonder what I'm getting myself into.
I've never tried kefir. I usually like tart but I don't know.
Weather contributes to a lot. Glad you got a walk. We all move a little faster when we know we're on the way back ;-)
I would think that the banana, pineapple, chocolate combo would be really good. I'm glad it worked out. Of course I do have a weakness for chocolate cherry so I know that would be good.

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