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Doing things because I want to . . .

Sunday, January 15, 2012

. . . not because I have to.

After I showered yesterday afternoon, I spent the rest of the day in my pjs. It's been a very long week & I was really tired - even without the long run.

This morning I was remembering. Remembering what life was like before WW. How I would come home from work & immediately change into sweats. Not because i just wanted to be comfortable, but because it was too uncomfortable to stay in those binding pants.

And all too often we were eating unhealthy takeout, too.

I no longer own sweat pants, although I swear 1/3 of my clothes are workout clothes - but they are worked out in. They're not there just because they're comfortable. When I spend an evening in pjs, which isn't all that often, it's usually because I'm really tired - not because my clothes are uncomfortable (although I will admit pjs are way more comfortable than jeans).

We only eat out about once a week - and lately that's only been about once every other week. And it's usually relatively healthy fare (for me, anyway). I'll be the first to admit I am blessed not to work (now; I worked for many years) & that obviously makes it easier to put dinner on the table.

I am much happier doing things because I want to vs doing things because otherwise I'm too uncomfortable.

Have you been getting too comfortable lately?

Just wanted to mention this awesome-looking free cookbook I downloaded to my kindle - Smart Schooltime Recipes - it's a compilation of recipes of many of my favorite healthy food bloggers & many that are new to me. I want to make almost every single recipe!

Did I mention it's a free download?

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ON2VICTORY 1/15/2012 10:36PM

    alot of my clothes are also workout clothes. that is what I hang out in alot of times...

time for us to keep pushing out of the comfort zone!

keep making it happen!

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JANETRIS 1/15/2012 5:07PM

    Great blog.....I can relate to the whole pj thing! Thanks for the tip on the download....I'm off to find it... emoticon

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TEMPEST272002 1/15/2012 2:01PM

    Love the want to vs need to pj story. So true for me too. I think alot about the "comfortable" issue. I've found the change = discomfort. If I'm not a little bit uncomfortable, I'm probably not making many changes.

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TEAM-ERIC 1/15/2012 11:01AM

    Great blog! I'm downloading the cookbook as I type this! Thanks for sharing it!


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NATPLUMMER 1/15/2012 10:28AM

    Sometimes it's nice to just hang out in pi's :-)

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PCOH051610 1/15/2012 10:21AM

    Thanks for pointing out the free cookbook download! And, you are so right when you asked whether we are becoming too comfortable. I like as well how you gave yourself permission to spend the day in your pjs! You have the right balance figured out, it seems!

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SLIMMERJESSE 1/15/2012 10:08AM

    I downloaded that book, and there's also a free one currently available about vegetarian recipes. The other day, they listed the Samantha Brown cookbook with simple, healthy recipes. Have a wonderful day.

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KARBIE18 1/15/2012 9:16AM

    I've spent the evening in my pjs because I had to and because I want to, and I'm with you - I prefer to do it because I want to. I spent much of my break in my yoga pants, and it actually came in handy. I'd get up frequently and do some random stretches. I only have one or two pairs of pants that aren't particularly comfortable, but that's because they are of a very small size!

I don't have a Kindle, but can you suggest a few of those healthy food bloggers for me to check out? I'm always looking for suggestions.

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FREELADY 1/15/2012 8:29AM

    Thank you so much for the tip on the recipe book! Kindle is a free app for iPod, so I was able to get your suggestion easily. I really appreciate it!

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Bend it like Beckam

Saturday, January 14, 2012

So here I sit on the couch, freshly showered, but nary a mile ran. Sometimes the best laid plans & all that jazz.

Checked out the website this morning - no cancellations. Got all ready & up to the bike path. No one else there . . . then the leader shows up & checks out the path, which is covered in snow & ice.

I head home . . . she heads out for hopefully greener pastures.

I decide that I'll do a yoga class today, since I can't make my usual class tomorrow. And I'll run tomorrow indoors. It's supposed to be even colder tomorrow than today, which is pretty danged cold - I even broke out the long underwear.

When I get to yoga, it looks like the trails at the park have been cleared! They sure didn't clear them last year. But I have no running gear with me.

I do yoga & am seriously considering a quick trip home, a quick change & heading back for my run. Only DH has this funny idea that I should spend some time with him.

I'm all carbo-loaded. I drank a ton of fluids yesterday. Today I'm a bit light because I don't want to drink too much right before a run, and since now plan a is to go o the park tomorrow & plan b is to run at home if necessary, I'm scrambling to top off the water tank today for tomorrow.

You've got to be flexible because these sorts of things WILL happen. You've got to be willing to bend, shuffle your plans around - the one thing you can't do is give up. Because there's always a solution.

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SKINNYPOWELL1 1/16/2012 9:19AM

    Even the best laid plans sometimes have interference, however it's how you handle it that counts. Weather is one sure fire way to put a monkey wrench in things, definitely have a plan "B".

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MZSLYDE01 1/16/2012 9:14AM

    YEP seems to me that is the case a lot of times.

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DDHEART 1/14/2012 7:03PM

    Good reminder...on my walk today I was being taunted by the inner voice that kept saying tomorrow's run was just going to be too cold so why not wimp out and run inside or hop on the elliptical etc etc. Not sure if I am going to be able to resist temptation but I'm going to use every planning trick in my arsenal and hope that I will be strong cause it's different outside and viva la difference!

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NATPLUMMER 1/14/2012 6:40PM

    Flexibility is key. Roll with the punches...it's all you can do.

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TEMPEST272002 1/14/2012 5:38PM

    I don't like it when things don't go to plan. emoticon

I think it's great that you are flexible enough to swap yoga for running & to adjust again later in the day. You look for those solutions. Your blog reminded me of the quote:

Problems are only opportunities in work clothes. - Henry J. Kaiser

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ON2VICTORY 1/14/2012 5:08PM

    the reason that the blogs seem similar is simply because no matter where you are, who you are or whatever, life is life and we are human. stuff happens and it is part of the human condition. we have to do the same things to overcome because we face the same challenges so.... we will write about similar struggles.

doing what we did is what it takes to be successful in the long term because stuff is going to happen. life does not have an off switch to allow us to regroup.

Awesome work my Sparkbud!

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Plan B

Friday, January 13, 2012

Many of my goals for this yr are coming along nicely. The house is definitely cleaner than it's been in a while & hopefully I'm building some new habits there that will stick.

The spending thing . . . there have been successes & failures. I've resisted much that tempts me, but then been tempted by other things. I really need some kind of running watch. I'm all for running by feel, but sometimes it's really helpful to know your pace & distance.

I've been using the Nike+ app on my iPod touch . . . it got me thru the first HM but I've just had it with races with poor mile markers - I do better knowing how far I have to go.

So I had DH find me a deal on the Nike sport band - does the same thing but is a small wristband - he found it for $49. Tried it out, found it difficult to read because it's not an actual watch face, & was unable to actually calibrate it on my first run.

So today I got an email from amazon offering a garmin 405 for $150 . . . the reviews are very mixed, but seem to lean toasted positive . . . I'm trying to figure out why this particular one is so cheap while some others are much more expensive . . . hoping I can return the sportband despite having used it . . .

I've been faithfully tracking using my WW app & my fitbook. Yes, it takes more time, but it's easier for me to set up & track goals - and will make it easier to repeat a week if I have really good success - sometimes I just don't track my fruit & veggies in my WW app since they're free.

Today I was going to take a class at the rec center . . . one of my goals has been to incorporate more ST again. It's been a hard week, tho. Chester has a horrible cough & I had a couple of nights with very little sleep - caused me to sleep to 6 am a couple of mornings, missing my morning yoga . . . that snowball effect in the wrong way . . . there's been a lot of running around to the vet . . . not to mention the half hour of shoveling our 2" of incredibly heavy snow due to the sleet that followed it . . .

So it's Plan B. I'm going to do my ST at home today. I had the bootcamp on Tuesday which was definitely challenging, so if I go a little easier yptoday I'm good with that. Tomorrow I have an 8 mile run - potentially thru some snow - with temps predicted to be in the 20s. Hopefully the group will show up which will make it more pleasant!

Sorry for such a long blog. I had a lot more I could have written, but I'll spare you!

It's always a good idea to have a Plan B. Plan Cs aren't a bad idea either!

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ON2VICTORY 1/14/2012 12:48PM

    If I may, let me make a plug for the Garmin 305. I got a great deal on it at Amazon. top rated unit and I LOVE mine.

If you post this question in the HM forum, Ill bet the response will be an overwhelming Garmin 305 endorsement. check it out.

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DISPATCHER04 1/13/2012 5:46PM

    Whew! I see folks outside running in these temps, but it just makes me thankful for my treadmill. You go girl! You're doing great! :)

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TEMPEST272002 1/13/2012 11:55AM

    Hope Chester is all right. Runners are a dedicated bunch, I'm betting you'll have company on your run tomorrow.

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KKINNEA 1/13/2012 10:34AM

    Sounds like your backup plans are well set. I have a Garmin 305 which I really appreciate. I think people I have talked to also like the 405 so if you can get it, it will give you better mileage readings as well as show race course goofups (I did a 5K that was a full mile short once).

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NATPLUMMER 1/13/2012 10:20AM

    I think the 405 is being replaced by the 410.
Some weeks just mess up your plans. I'm sorry Chester still has his cough. Hope your ST goes well and that your run is a good one.

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MZSLYDE01 1/13/2012 9:22AM

    I hope you find the right kind of running watch and can get it for a good price. LORD knows workout equipment can get expensive. But I think once you get one and get it going you will love it. I don't have any suggestions because I am not a runner but I do have a watch I use when I do cardio and workout and I love being able to track what my heartrate has been, how long I did in and out of the zones and getting my calorie burn.
I sure hope Chester gets better. Nothing worse than having a sick pet.
Tonight it's shoveling for me too. We got our first snowfall yesterday this season. WEIRD WEATHER THIS YEAR - We usually have had snow for long before now.

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FREELADY 1/13/2012 9:01AM

    What impresses me most is that you still are mindful about eating....great job not letting Chester's cough & vet concerns throw you into emotional eating! Applause!

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PCOH051610 1/13/2012 8:57AM

    I tried on the 405 but my wrists are the smallest part of me and it actually hurt! When I saw the 405 it was about $200 Canadian.

The Plans B and C are great ideas when things don't go as you initially thought they would. We all have days like that but the thing is you didn't give up - you just made alterations to your original idea.

Have you checked out Chester's cough? Maddy had a similar one and it turns out he had irritated his throat somehow (eating dry grass is my guess) but the vet said it could also be a sign of lung worm.

Good luck with your run! You never cease to amaze me with your running! emoticon

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Practice makes perfect

Thursday, January 12, 2012

If that first step is the hardest, then practice makes perfect. Well, really good, anyway, because there really is no such thing as perfect & I'm trying to let go of the perfectionist tendencies.

I did not make my usual WW meeting this morning - I was all ready, opened the door to let the dogs out & could just hear the sleet coming down. There's a second meeting & by then it was just raining so I was able to go.

Which has nothing whatsoever to do with the title.

Well, it sort of does. Instead of pouting because I missed my meeting, which I hate, I did some dusting & cleaned the kitchen floor.

Doesn't sound like much, does it? I'm cleaning-challenged, tho, and I wanted to get back more into my baby step cleaning. For one reason or another those 2 activities got pushed to the back burner this week.

My kitchen is quite small, so even tho I clean the floor by hand, it only takes about 5 minutes when I keep on top of it.

Can you draw the analogies?

When we break things down into small steps, they don't take very long - but the benefits can be huge. When we practice those steps consistently, they become easier & second nature. When we let go of the need to be perfect, it's never all-or-nothing - we know that if it doesn't get done that day or that week, it will get done the following day or week.

I added some new cleaning habits last year. Hopefully I'll add a few more this year. My house will stay cleaner, which will make it more inviting & peaceful.

All of this applies to - and is really a part of - a healthy lifestyle. It can, of course, apply to healthy eating or exercise habits, too.

What baby steps to a healthy lifestyle are you working on?

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SLIMMERJESSE 1/13/2012 9:08AM

    One of my longstanding jokes throughout my life was having plans a-f. (smiling) Some were impractical, but at least provided a mental safety net. Have a good day.

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FREELADY 1/12/2012 9:17PM

    I am trying new foods. Today : gouda cheese. marinated seaweed salad.

It helps me to listen in on your blogs. I too tend to have perfectionist tendencies. Sometimes I am just stalled in an area, reluctant to start if I can 't see it turning out exactly right. I like your example of diving in with small tasks.

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KKINNEA 1/12/2012 5:17PM

    Love it - I keep working on taking those small steps!

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SLIMMERJESSE 1/12/2012 4:42PM

    Just this morning, I started baby steps in cleaning stuff as you have written about in this blog. I've had a productive day as a result. There are going to be many changes this year, I can feel it in my bones. Have a warm, cozy evening.

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NATPLUMMER 1/12/2012 4:09PM

    I definitely would not have done any cleaning...I'm totally cleaning-challenged. I really should start doing a little bit everyday.
Glad you made it to a meeting even if it wasn't the usual one.

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MZSLYDE01 1/12/2012 3:21PM

    OH GOODNESS - I really need to try the whole baby steps thing too because since I got married my cleaning skills have taken a seat in the very back row. I used to be very clean and then my SH moved in...LOL
Now I can't keep up with it and don't even try. Ha Ha Ha.

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SKINNYPOWELL1 1/12/2012 2:16PM

    I hear ya about being "cleaning challenged", I used to be just the opposite, almost OCD about cleaning, then I realized that I spent way too much time stressing over if the counter was free of crumbs, etc., so I stopped obsessing about it. Those dust bunnies that I keep in the corner of the bathroom are there as a reminder that I don't need to be perfect. emoticon

Happy that you are turning over a new leaf and trying to establish a cleaning habit and it's all about baby steps.

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The first step is the hardest . . .

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

. . . except maybe with boot camp!

One of the classes I attend at the rec center does a boot camp at the beginning of the month: they set up about 15 stations, each one having a different kind of exercise - both cardio & ST - and you have 1 minute 15 seconds at each station before rotating to the next station.

All I can say is thank God we only did 2 circuits because I really didn't think I had a third in me!

I'm not terribly sore today, but man! was I wiped out the rest of the day yesterday.

This is why I like classes - they push you harder. I *could* do something like that on my own, but I would never work as hard or as long.

And I'm proud to say even tho the class whipped my butt, I was obviously a great deal fitter than my much younger partner (2 people per station). Don't get me wrong, I think it's great she's there, but a girl's got to take some satisfaction where she can.

It got me to thinking, tho, how things usually aren't as hard as we make them out to be. We get so paralyzed thinking about how hard something will be that we do nothing at all. And if you do nothing, you get nothing.

Take a leap of faith. Just do it. As I said recently to my husband, you rarely regret that you at least tried. I definitely don't regret yesterday's class - in fact, looking forward to next month's while at the same time glad next week will be back to normal - despite the fact that it actually WAS harder than I expected.

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PCOH051610 1/13/2012 8:59AM

    Loved this blog! I am so proud of you for doing this!

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SKINNYPOWELL1 1/12/2012 11:36AM

    emoticonglad you went and best of all you had fun and pushed yourself. I'm like you, if I did it on my own I probably would give up pretty easy. A little friendly competition helps. Way to keep on rocking it lady. Soooo proud of you. emoticon

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BREW99 1/11/2012 4:09PM

    Although its scary, I agree with you its just the first step but after that its totally great!

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FREELADY 1/11/2012 1:47PM

    You are a great motivator; you make me want to try new stuff!

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KKINNEA 1/11/2012 12:02PM

    Love it! I'm with you - I often work harder if someone is cueing me than on my own and it's worth it to try something new. I totally think you should feel satisfied about being more fit than your partner!

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DDHEART 1/11/2012 10:05AM

    How true! It can be so easy to say we can't when what we really are doing is saying we won't....being pushed shows us we can! AND...I think it's super when we um mature women can kick butt!!!

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MELODYSUE 1/11/2012 9:24AM

    Love your blog. I use to go to classes all the time when we lived in GA. Now here in AZ there aren't as many available. I agree, a class is often better and making us push ourselves and there is always the satisfaction of doing better than someone else. It's not a mean thing because I would bend over backwards to help them get better but at the same time it does make you feel a little extra pride knowing that you are the one that is helping instead of being helped.

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TEMPEST272002 1/11/2012 9:20AM

    Good for you for pushing yourself at boot camp. I totally understand the small satisfaction of being fitter than the younger ones! lol

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JANETRIS 1/11/2012 8:50AM

    I am a class girl for that reason. They push me and I work so much harder. They make me do the 10 more than I would have not done on my own. I like your blog! emoticon

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SHEILA1505 1/11/2012 8:23AM

    It's funny isn't it - we older ones at my gym are always amused when the students turn up to do our classes - we know they are going to pull out before the end! Happens nearly every time

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FRECKS96 1/11/2012 8:00AM

    So true! It's easy to say that we're going to do something, but until we take a step and start building momentum, we're still just sitting around talking.

Great work!

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