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Nothing says I love you like "you're getting bony"

Monday, February 13, 2012

Can't say as I really think that's true, even at my GW I'll definitely have meat on my bones - but there is some kernel of truth in there. I noticed it at my last massage and I know he meant it as a compliment.

Last week wasn't great, altho as always there is good with the bad - that unexpected almost 2 lb loss, for instance. I thought I'd lost something, but didn't think it was much - altho one pair of jeans was definitely more comfortable - but jeans stretch. It was nice to be pleasantly surprised for a change! Still working on those last few pairs of jeans that give me muffin top & barely button.

I know I'm supposed to be resting up this week, but chester's coughing is still keeping me up at nights & yesterday I was so tired I couldn't even bring myself to do yoga. Have a call in to the vet, really hoping we'll have a better night tonight.

I am very proud that my eating has been really good. I have really upped the freggie intake - trying to just bathe my body in a sea of antioxidants! Thankfully stress eating is a thing of the past, but I know like any addict you have to be wary of relapses. And I have to be vigilant because eating because of tiredness can still be a problem for me.

Finally got a much-overdue haircut yesterday. My hairdresser had left the salon, but luckily I really connected with the new person. She's a vegetarian & loves animals. Looking forward to another massage tomorrow - really need that!

Please keep Chester in your thoughts & some no-cough vibes would be much appreciated!

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DDHEART 2/14/2012 10:18AM

    Good stress management! Hope Chester is better soon.

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NATPLUMMER 2/13/2012 11:41AM

    Poor Chester emoticon I hope you all have a good night tonight.
Those jeans will be buttoning soon.
Yay for a haircut :-)

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DOGMOMMA2THREE 2/13/2012 9:11AM

    I hope Chester's cough subsides a wee bit for all of your sakes!

Are you going to post a picture of your new hairdo? Would love to see it!

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LJCANNON 2/13/2012 9:10AM

    emoticonWay to go with the Stress Eating!! As you said, Celebrate the Victory but Remain Vigilant!
emoticonSending Hugs and Prayers for healing to Chester.

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SKINNYPOWELL1 2/13/2012 8:26AM

    Sounds like you've been pampering yourself, good for you - massage and a haircut - woot woot.

Hope Chester is ok.

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Anyone doing Livestrong Austin want to meet & . . .

Friday, February 10, 2012

. . . a partial happy dance.

So if you're doing the livestrong marathon/HM next weekend do you want to meet up? Or any austinites in general want to meet up?

The partial happy dance is about going into this HM 4 lbs lighter than my first HM - if I don't manage to screw it up in the next week!

Seriously, I was really surprised - pleasantly - by my weight loss this week. For a change! The new WW plan seems to be working well for me. Which means I was just eating too much on th old plan. Which is kind of a bummer, but maybe 2012 is finally my yr!

Which doesn't mean my weight loss is linear. I go down, I go up - but losing 4 lbs in 2 months is huge for ME.

The reason this is only a partial happy dance is because the vet heard a heart murmur in Chester yesterday. Which explains the coughing that has been keeping me up so much lately. We've started him on a supplement for his heart & I'm hopeful that he has many good years ahead of him. He's only 6!

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IFDEEVARUNS2 2/17/2012 9:53AM

    Lunch tomorrow somewhere near the Expo?

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DOGMOMMA2THREE 2/13/2012 9:10AM

    Great job with the weight but a bit sad about Chester. Our dog, Peaches, was diagnosed with a heart murmur at age 8 and lived another 9 years! We changed her diet, got her to lose about two pounds and she was great until the near end of her long life. I really hope Chester does the same as I know he means a lot to you and you do provide an excellent home for him!

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LADYBUG1107 2/10/2012 5:40PM

    Great work! I like the new plan too. Do you track daily?

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FREELADY 2/10/2012 1:10PM

    P.S. I encourage you to do the WHOLE happy dance. It's important to allow yourself to fully savor life's joy's and accomplishments; this does not diminish your love and concern for Chester. Celebrating the good stuff also strengthens and refreshes you to be at your best to deal with the extra challenges and heart heaviness of your sweet friend's medical issues.

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NATPLUMMER 2/10/2012 9:40AM

    YAY!!! I am so excited for you!!!
4 pounds will be a big help!! 4 pounds in 2 months is awesome!!
Fingers crossed for Chester.


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FREELADY 2/10/2012 9:33AM

    Celebrating with you! You have been doing a great job all along with your health journey, but isn't it nice to see the scale move ALSO!

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FRECKS96 2/10/2012 8:42AM

    Congrats on your loss! I can't wait to hear about your HM. You realize you're doing your second HM MONTHS before I'll get to mine right? ;) Keep up the great work!

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SKINNYPOWELL1 2/10/2012 8:10AM

    Great job on going into your race on the "light" side emoticon.

I'm sure Chester will be just fine, he's obviously in very caring, loving hands. emoticon

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There's always beauty if you look for it

Thursday, February 09, 2012

I was looking out my window this morning. It was still dark, but there was a beautiful, bright, full moon glowing behind the pine trees. It's been a tough week, many sleep deprived nights for one reason or another, lots of running around. And I haven't even begun packing yet! So much to do; so tired. Not exactly the way you want to go into a HM but it is what it is.

But the beauty is there if you open your eyes to it. Around you, inside you - and of course we are each beautiful in our own ways, inside & out. You just have to believe. We've all seen them - the woman who isn't really beautiful but she appears to be simply because she believes that she is.

I am definitely liking my garmin - altho I must admit I think the advice to get the 210 over the 110 is probably right. Even thinking about using it for now, while looking around for a good deal on a 210 & then exchanging it. I'm having a tough time wrapping my head around average pace.

The other day I started off my run with about 15 minutes of hill repeats - with a pace about on par with last weekend's long run. Then I finished with an easy run with sone striders thrown in cause it was a nice day (ok, can anyone tell me the difference between some striders & a fartlek?).

I was really astounded to glance down at my watch at one point & find I was doing a 10 mm pace! I was never able to recapture that "speed", but I ended with an average pace of 12:20 mm, which is pretty good for me. Right now I plan to strive for a 13-14 mm pace in the beginning of my HM & see how that feels. I like wearing a pacer on my wrist!

Don't forget to look for the beauty today - in you & around you.

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BOLEBRON 2/14/2012 5:02PM

    I agree with you, there is always beauty you just have to open your eyes to it,

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BESSHAILE 2/10/2012 6:51AM

    I always think that nature's beauty is a sort of nourishment - a soul food, if you will. Glad yours is being well fed. Happy running.

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NATPLUMMER 2/9/2012 10:55AM

    What a beautiful view :-)
Glad you are liking the Garmin.
Good luck getting everything all packed and ready to go.

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KKINNEA 2/9/2012 10:24AM

    I had a similar moonscape experience this morning - agree!

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DDOORN 2/9/2012 10:22AM

    Ooof! I hate when I short-change my sleep...I feel it all day dragging me down!

It's so easy to see and appreciate beauty in nature. Within is always trickier for me, but am doing what I can!


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TEMPEST272002 2/9/2012 9:12AM

    Sorry to hear you're not sleeping well - everything is harder when you're tired. There is beauty all around us if we open our eyes to it. Glad you can see the beauty around you even while you deal with the stress. Scheduling in time for mediation this week might be a good idea.

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DDHEART 2/9/2012 9:11AM

    Just don't let yourself get caught up in your pace as I have done...You're smarter than I so you probably won't make this mistake. LOL I have realized my big training mistake lately is that I have ben doing my slow runs too fast. I think when I found out that I could hit paces I thought were not in my abilities, it got me playing the pace game. A very seductive thing for me. Anyway, this week I've tried to train smarter and Saturday will be, hopefully, a good race then I'll sit down and really set a smarter training plan for the future. As I said, YOU will be smarter right from the start!!!

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SKINNYPOWELL1 2/9/2012 8:03AM

    Good luck with the HM, I'm sure you will set a new PR. Can't wait to hear all the details.

Were those pine trees outside your window covered in snow? I am closing my eyes to get that visual - moonlight on snow is beautiful. I was up about 3:15 last night to let my crazy dog outside [why she had to go potty at such an ungodly hour, I don't know], but the moon was so bright and crystal clear, I actually stopped to gaze at it for a couple minutes, it illuminated the soul.

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Letting go of imperfections

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Been really busy the last few days & haven't even really begun the hard work of getting ready to go again! It's funny, I haven't set foot in Marshalls or TJMaxx yet this yr & I thought that would free up some time but it doesn't seem to. I did walk thru DSW last weekend & found a pair of shoes I might just reward myself with after my HM . . . I have a certificate expiring today, but I might just let it expire.

So I did bootcamp again yesterday. Basically it's just very intense circuit training - they do it at the beginning of each month in this particular class to shake things up. It didn't wipe me out as much as the first time - I ran a bunch of errands afterwards. But I still absolutely left a puddle of myself there!

As we were doing our warmup laps around the gym, I was looking at the various bodies. One woman in particular had a wonderful shape, but lime me, she was still hippy & had some thighs. That's not what I noticed about her first - what I noticed about her first was what a cute figure she had.

It really brought home to me how we all have imperfections, but that's not what you see when you look at someone else. I've been trying to watch myself move around unclothed before/after my showers, in an attempt to get more comfortable with my body & all its good & bad traits. It's a tip I read somewhere.

I'm mostly comfortable with myself clothed, but still very uncomfortable unclothed. My poor husband. It wasn't always this way.

Of course it's not all about our bodies, either. Every week I set goals for myself. Most weeks I meet the majority of them - often all of them. This week I probably met the majority of them, but there were several that just didn't get done. There will always be days & weeks where we don't meet our goals. What's important is letting go of perfection - our attachment to these goals. I know just how hard I worked this week. Next week is another opportunity, after all.

What imperfections are you willing to let go of?

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DDOORN 2/8/2012 5:59PM

    Yeesh...what a struggle...! Used to put a mirror in front of me while on my treadmill at home. Couldn't keep it up though...too much self-bashing. Still I try to push myself to use mirrors, they're everywhere at Swing Dance! Trying to titrate it enough so that I can give myself smidgens of credit for the work I've done. The struggle continues!


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KKINNEA 2/8/2012 2:46PM

    Loaded question - it's something I try to work on all the time.

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NATPLUMMER 2/8/2012 10:03AM

    I'm still working on it.

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SLIMMERJESSE 2/8/2012 9:13AM

    I've let go of all mine. Comfortable in my own skin. And, you know, aging (no matter how well we do it) brings some surprises. So best to accept ourselves or else it's going to be a brutal ride of bodily changes. (BTW, Happy Birthday. I don't know the date, but remember that it's around mine.)

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FRECKS96 2/8/2012 8:53AM

    For me, I struggle with my emotional self rather than my physical self. We are all a work in progress.

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DOGMOMMA2THREE 2/8/2012 7:23AM

    Great blog! Yes, we all seem to make mountains out of our supposedly imperfections, don't we. I am just learning to accept a compliment.

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KISSFAN1 2/8/2012 6:57AM

    I can be very self critical of myself, especially when I see myself in a bathing suit or birthday suit, LOL. In clothing I might look okay, but I am saggy (well due to age mostly) and full of imperfections although I will say I am much happier at my current weight than I was 45 pounds heavier.

I try to give myself some slack and realize that even celebrities who I think look fabulous for their age (Demi Moore is one in my opinion) have body issues too.

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PUDLECRAZY 2/8/2012 6:45AM

    You are so right. We can be much more self critical than critical of others, and unnecessarily so. Things that no one else would notice, we blow up into something huge. Kind of sad.

It's important to hold on to what other's observe about you and let go of your own harsh view of yourself. When I first started going to water aerobics, I was looking at my round tummy in my swimsuit, wishing it were flat. When I got into the pool area, one of my classmates exclaimed. "Look at your cute hourglass figure!"

The eye of the other beholder can give an entirely different perspective.

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Pick your pleasure carefully

Sunday, February 05, 2012

When you have a splurge, a cheat, a treat - whatever you call it - make sure it's worth it to YOU.

A while back, DH decided he wanted to "surprise" me by picking where we went out to dinner - without telling me; hence the surprise. He chose Indian, which we rarely eat. Now, I enjoy Indian food, but it can be a real nutritional landmine.

Since I didn't know where we were going, i couldn't prepare - which led to me choosing a meal that was about 15 WW points, more than half my daily points! Which isn't really all that terrible; it's just if I'm going to splurge, it wouldn't be on Indian food. I did lose some wight that week - barely.

Now let's look at yesterday's lunch, which weighed in at 12 points. Half a broccoli roll - think Stromboli with no sauce & broccoli & cheese inside. Half of an Alexia garlic bread loaf. A splurge meal to be sure, and not the way I normally eat - but oh so worth it to me.

And that's the point: you CAN splurge - but make sure it's something you REALLY want. Binging isn't splurging - binging is done furtively & it makes you feel guilty. Splurges are eaten in front of God & everyone and you enjoy every last crumb.

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DDHEART 2/6/2012 6:29PM

    Amen! Enjoy the splurges with all your senses that way you know you really don't need to do it all the time.

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JOPAPGH 2/6/2012 9:54AM

    I splurged at last night's Super Bowl party. Enjoyed my brownies, but there is a reason I don't have them, or nachos with cheese, in the house.

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SKINNYPOWELL1 2/6/2012 9:40AM

    I too loved your definition of binge and splurge, gonna store that for later use, thanks for sharing. Glad you enjoyed your splurge, it's nice when it's not served with a side of guilt. Good job on selecting what's important. emoticon

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DDOORN 2/6/2012 9:35AM

    Neat distinction...between a binge & splurge...have to remember this!


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FREELADY 2/5/2012 4:46PM

    Great advice. You explain it so clearly. This is helpful!

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TEMPEST272002 2/5/2012 9:46AM

    There is no blurry lines for me between bingeing & splurging. Binges are terrible, nasty ordeals. Splurges are taking the moment to fully savour each bite. I splurged yesterday on a A&W burger and ate it very slowly. Mmmmm.

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NATPLUMMER 2/5/2012 9:35AM

    Yes, they should definitely be on something you really want otherwise it's totally not worth it.
Indian is one of those splurges for me ;-)

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XFITSTRONG 2/5/2012 8:13AM

    Very insightful! There *IS* a difference between a binge and a splurge.... Never thought of it that way. I agree! Make the splurge count.... Have a great week!

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LADYBUG1107 2/5/2012 8:09AM

    Way to go! You still lost weight and kept a good attitude.

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