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Friday, August 19, 2011

That's Focus + Plan = Success

It's an important equation in a healthy lifestyle, & it served me well at thevpicnic yesterday.

They didn't serve hamburgers, altho there was hot dogs. And BBQ chicken legs, brisket, and fajitas. As my husband said, they were very brave to serve barbecue to a lot people that moved up from Austin!

What there wasn't: fresh veggies or fruit.

The side dishes included potato salad, coleslaw, corn relish.

I had fajitas with a tiny bit of steak, veggies, and about a tablespoon of cheese. Skipped the sour cream. I could've gone veggie with refried beans, but felt steak was probably the healthier choice there. Thank God I brought along my celery sticks & baby carrots.

It would have been quite pleasant except for the bugs. Fruit flies or gnats - whatever they were - they were thick & annoying.

They brought in an ice cream truck for dessert, but DH wanted to go to the ice cream place up the road. I let him order what he wanted - which had no chocolate whatsoever - so I enjoyed my vitatop that I'd also brought with me. And had some fruit when I got home. Saturday will be my day to indulge.

Remember the formula and you can enjoy success too!

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LEONALIONESS 8/19/2011 2:39PM

    That's the one good thing about being vegan and having absolutely NOTHING to eat at things like that. I get to avoid all the crap people serve at BBQs! It's always full of butter/eggs/dairy if not meaty mc meat meat. LOL.

I end up eating a naked ear of corn or a plain baked potato, most time. Hah.
Luckily, my folks and friends tend to have me bring a giant fruit salad so I can always fill up on that. :)

It's sort of sad that so few people have vegan foods available but it sure makes things a lot less tempting.

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DISPATCHER04 8/19/2011 2:37PM

    Mmmm, I'd have had to have some brisket. But I'm from Houston, Texas (where they know what brisket is). Here in Alabama, almost no one knows what it is (much less how to cook it), and it's very difficult to find in the supermarkets. So it's available to me maybe once a year. :/

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NATPLUMMER 8/19/2011 10:26AM

    I would have had to have either the fajitas or the brisket. I love brisket :-) Corn relish is always good, too. Fruit flies or gnats are much better than wasps.
I think you did great!!!

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TEMPEST272002 8/19/2011 9:52AM

    Well done. It makes a difference when you plan ahead.

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SKINNYPOWELL1 8/19/2011 6:41AM

    emoticonSounds like you made some healthy choices along with a side of fun, woo hoo - thank Heavens for carrots and celery sticks. Enjoy your day of indulgence tomorrow. Hoping I get to relax later in the evening and watch a movie.

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SOPHIELEIGH 8/19/2011 5:12AM

    Well done on not giving in to all the unhealthy stuff!!

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What do you want? How will you get there?

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Hmmm. I'm sitting here & my mind is kind of blank. Gotta get some more movement in before the picnic. Happy I can order my first necklace because the scale finally moved in the right direction.

But I still felt really fat this morning & my measurements actually went up - which just reminds me that I don't feel as good in the 140s as I do in the 130s - amazing the difference just a few lbs can make.

Saw a photo of a woman in a magazine who weighs almost 10 lbs less than me, is taller & wears a much larger dress size. She certainly looks bigger than I *think* I look. The power of ST, I'm guessing. It can really reshape your body! Plus some yoga on the side.

I Must keep focused - with a capital M (or F). I get close, feel good about myself, and those little indulgences creep in. I have jewelry & massages to earn! I really want them! Even more, I want to get to my GW, maintain it & stop paying for WW. So the extra money we're spending on the boys doesn't sting so much. So I can run faster. So I fit into my cute clothes - and can continue to afford them. So I can feel good about myself.

What do you want?

Why do you want it?

What goals will you set to achieve that big goal?

How will you reward yourself to keep yourself motivated?

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DISPATCHER04 8/18/2011 2:15PM

    Yayyyy! You got the necklace! :) And you really earned it, and it wasn't sold out! Go you!

Yeah, it always throws me the difference in weight/looks. My supervisor is smaller than I am, but is close to the same weight as I am--but I am actually in better cardiovascular condition and stronger. LOL--I figure she has dense bones!

I know what you mean about making progress towards my goal, and indulgences creeping back in.

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SKINNYPOWELL1 8/18/2011 1:19PM

    Glad you earned your necklace, I know you've been dying to have it. I bought myself a pink t-shirt online yesterday that has a 13.1 on the front. I am going to hang it on my closet door as a little motivation and incentive. I will not wear the shirt until after I complete the race. I felt I really needed it as an extra push in the right direction. I'm gonna wear that shirt on Nov. 13th.

Hey, whatever works right?

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NATPLUMMER 8/18/2011 12:32PM

    Yes, ST does a lot for you. I'm glad you can order your necklace. I look forward to seeing it in person.
Feeling good about yourself is the best thing. I want that, too.

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My other challenge this month

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

We're going to visit my inlaws. That means 5 night's of sleeping on an air mattress on the floor of my SIL's office - literally living out of my suitcase because there's nowhere to put my clothes.

And they, of course, want to feed DH his favorite foods, like bagels & lox and deli sandwiches. Which he doesn't need & i most certainly don't. Most of them are thin & have never had to worry about their weight in their life.

Last year I had to work really hard to have my MIL not dress the salad before we ate, altho to her credit she gave in to my request.

It's also harder to get in my exercise because a) we're staying in someone else's home & b) I don't like to exercise in front of other people. Usually I do do some yoga since I'm an early riser anyway & walk - thankfully there's a grocery store within walking distance. Altho I could run, I'm planning to take a break because I'll br starting my HM training when we get back. OTOH, it could be a great stress buster . . .

I've been racking my brains trying to come up with snacks that are not sweet & portable. Dry roasted edamame is a good one. I bought some packaged popcorn at the grocery store yesterday. I'll probably bring some PB2 with me, too. And some oatmeal for breakfast. I'd love to bring some Ezekiel muffins with me, but they're bulky.

The good news is that usually it's REALLY stressful because my FIL has dementia & we take care of him a lot to give my MIL & SIL a break, but now they have help 24/7. I'm hoping my MIL doesn't get the idea that because we're there she can use less help to save money - that's what she normally does.

Did I mention that DH thinks this is a vacation for me?

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PCOH051610 8/26/2011 11:07AM

    Husbands are just so strange at times! I would consider visiting your in-laws as something you are doing out of respect for them and your husband but not as a vacation!!!

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SKFEREBEE 8/19/2011 12:14PM

    "Did I mention that DH thinks this is a vacation for me?"

I say this to myself every time we go out of town to visit DH's family. I feel like I'm only there to watch the kids so he can enjoy himself, so I can relate. I'd say make sure you get in a couple of short runs if you are feeling stressed. It always helps me. And you can always run to the grocery store and grab some fresh fruit for breakfast. Good luck!

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KANSASROSE67 8/17/2011 3:38PM

    I know what you mean about the in-laws! Hang in there...I would plan to run...it might save your sanity!

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NATPLUMMER 8/17/2011 11:48AM

    Vacation...HA!! Good luck!! I like your snack plan. You might want to run. I'd bring running clothes along just in case.

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LALAFLOWERS 8/17/2011 9:25AM

    Good luck. In-Laws are huge stressors!!! I know! LOL!!!

But... you've got a good plan. get out and walk, or run....

As to portable snacks: nuts, fruit (can you leave a bowl out in the kitchen?)

As I can't handle cow's milk, I buy some almond milk for me, and store in the fridge (plus, lower calorie options available).

good luck. and enjoy as much as you can.

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SKINNYPOWELL1 8/17/2011 8:25AM

    I totally feel your pain, we both know visiting in-laws is NOT a vacation. Some handy snacks.... almonds, dried fruit, bananas, triscuits, dry cereal. I know it's hard to eat at someone else's house, especially when they are not health conscious, just do the best you can. As far as working out, I would certainly bring the running shoes, it means a break away from the house and some good ole stress relief, and it sounds like you might need a great excuse to leave for a while. Good luck. emoticon

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KISSFAN1 8/17/2011 8:21AM

    That does sound like a challenge, but I'm sure you'll do well. A vacation huh? On an air mattress, a vacation? emoticon

You could get some of those portioned nut packages I've seen. I'd get some canned tuna once I got there if you don't have room to take it with you or better yet the pouches of tuna (which take up less bulk) and mix it with a little of something to make sandwiches on toasted English muffins or sandwich bread.

String cheese (if you have a cooler), veggies/fruit, etc. Have fun on your vacation, LOL. emoticon

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Healthy choice by healthy choice

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

When you really practice some mindfulness, it's kind of mind-blowing just how many healthy decisions you make in a day. I almost wrote "have to", but that negates the whole choice thing. Because it IS a choice.

No idea if my healthy choices are paying off or not, but mostly I'm making them. And I'm surprised just how often I have to stop & ask myself "will this choice move me towards my goal?". A million times a day, it seems!

Am I really in the mood to do yoga this morning, even just 10 minutes?

How bout just a couple of those dried pineapple rings?

Is that extra core work really necessary?

Is it really worth drinking that next glass of water instead of a quick nosh of something?

Do I really need to measure out my popcorn?

How bout just a couple of dark chocolate chips while I'm making DH's oatmeal?

Don't I deserve a brownie or scone for running 7 miles?

And on and on. But I keep thinking about how badly I want to get to that GW, how far I've allowed myself to get away from it again with just a few bad choices, how much I want those necklaces . . . and more often than not I'm making healthy choices. I keep telling myself if the results of those choices don't show up this week, they WILL show up eventually.

I repeat the affirmation "I take the steps necessary to reach my GW" before going to sleep at night.

Here's a free PDF I think will help, because we all know I do allow myself a treat every day: nutrition.getprograde.com/Protein-Pa

I rotate thru 3 different protein powders: sunwarrior, vega & protein. I've never found one that tastes GREAT & has ingredients I can live with, but I think prograde is my favorite. You can just substitute whichever is your favorite.

Will you be mindful of your choices today?

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RUNNINGPFUHL 8/17/2011 3:48PM

    yes, I have been today! And that's the only day I have. :D

Thanks for the great blog!

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DISPATCHER04 8/16/2011 9:52PM

    So far, so good. :)

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NATPLUMMER 8/16/2011 10:37AM

    I will definitely be mindful today. I allowed myself too many peanut M&M's yesterday.

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RATFINKROB 8/16/2011 8:33AM

    I am at work this morning and clicked on your link, it was blocked by our web filter because it is a link to illegal drugs.

Just what are you pushing here emoticon

I will have to look at home, I am trying to find a protein powder. So far I have not liked any of them I have tried.

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A possibly challenging week eating-wise

Monday, August 15, 2011

On Thursday we have a company picnic (altho it might rain). And on Saturday we're going on a food tour in Saratoga - might rain then, too, but the tour goes on rain or shine.

Not really a huge fan of picnic food. Don't like hamburgers, not really that fond of hot dogs, certainly don't want the white buns or the chips. My weakness, of course, is the desserts.

My picnic plan: bring some celery & carrots with me. Plan to either bring a sweet treat or have something at home later. There was no choice of food, but if they have veggie burgers I'll have one. The hamburger, even tho I'm not fond of them, is probably the wiser choice. If I think it will work with my plan for that day, maybe I'll bring some healthy chips with me. It's not a pot luck, btw.

I had read about the Saratoga food tour in our local paper, but at $40 a person it was pretty pricey. Wouldn't you know they had a groupon deal for it & DH can't resist a deal? Even tho he's not really into tours. Even tho he knew his time was extremely limited the next couple of months.

I won't do dessert at the picnic cause I know one of the stops on the tour is bettye's cupcakes. I plan to enjoy the tour - AND the food. I also plan to get my long run in that morning (hoping they're wrong about the rain). So I might finally get my 2 farmer's markets in 1 day!

How would you handle those events?

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NATPLUMMER 8/15/2011 9:53AM

    I like your picnic plan. I definitely think holding out for a better cupcake is a good idea.
I'll keep fingers crossed that there is no rain so you can have your long run and enjoy the food tour.
I would definitely go for a burger vs a hotdog myself. Personal preference. They may surprise you with healthier options. You won't know for sure until Thursday.

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XFITSTRONG 8/15/2011 8:19AM

    I would have to avoid everything on the food tour. One taste of something would just trigger the binge monster in me and I would want to eat non stop. But that's just me...:o)

For the picnic I would be bringing my own food. I have a cute cooler that looks like a purse.

Have fun!

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SKINNYPOWELL1 8/15/2011 8:11AM

    I usually have a meal before I go somewhere i know they are having food that I don't like or fattening stuff. So eat before you go the picnic and take some healthy munchies along with you.

As for the food tour, I would plan to have a little something at one of the places along the way that has the best food. You mentioned the cupcake place.... allow in your food for the day a cupcake.

You won't have any trouble with either of these events, you are very good at making healthy choices. Have fun.

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