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I'll give it 3 weeks

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Because that's how long it takes to build a habit.

I like 1/2 cup oatmeal (dry); it's a serving, after all. And would be fine if I didn't add dark chocolate chips & PB2. not too long ago, I actually saw a nutritionist recommend dark chocolate with breakfast - my kind of nutritionist! Apparently I was trendy before it was a trend, again.

For a while i tried 1/3 cup, but, at some point I went back to 1/2 cup. It seems such a small difference, but small differences can really add up. Today I went back to 1/3 cup. And I'm going to stay with that for at least 3 weeks - altho I don't eat oatmeal every day, especially now that it ought to be getting warmer (seems resistant to a warming trend, tho).

It's a small sacrifice to make if it helps me towards my goal. I felt so much happier with my body while I was sick - because I was just naturally way less hungry. Unfortunately my appetite has returned, as it always does, but the memory of how my body COULD feel is a good motivator.

Speaking of hunger, I have an amusing animal story. A month ago? 2? When we were in Saratoga we bought the dogs some carob treats. I only use them for very good behavior & they're small dogs, so we still had half a package. On the counter. Where it's been all this time.

I came into the kitchen this morning to find the shredded paper from the package on the counter & the package itself open - and empty.

Now if you think it was the dogs, you're wrong, because they can't get up on the counter.

Did the cats eat them all? Did they drop some on the floor for the dogs? We'll never know, but the dogs were sure sniffing the floor with great interest this morning.

As far ad I can tell, carob is ok for cats, too, but who would've thought they would even be interested? Especially after ignoring it for so long!

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TEMPEST272002 5/8/2012 10:04PM

    Isn't that funny about the cats. Wonder if they owed the dogs some kind of favour? Perhaps they were in cahoots. lol

I eat oatmeal almost every morning. I use about 1/3 cup but I add a banana, flaxseed, walnuts & cinnamon to it. No sweetener - the bananas & cinnamon make it sweet enough. Sometimes I substitute vanilla for the cinnamon or chopped apple for the banana. Yummy.

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NATPLUMMER 5/8/2012 4:09PM

    I usually do 1/3 cup oatmeal but haven't had any for a while....definitely not a warm weather breakfast for me...and I've become addicted to the Ezekial Genesis muffins.
That is pretty funny.....I'll never try to understand cats or dogs. My cat's haven't turned into Dee's Sophie....they stay well away from the matzoh.

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BAILEYS7OF9 5/8/2012 10:47AM

    I pretty much do 1/2 cup oatmeal, sprinkle of cinnamon and 10 grams dried craisins or cherries every weekday morning when I get to work. I do consume a banana before hand though. great satisfying breakfast!

Good luck with it!

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IFDEEVARUNS2 5/8/2012 9:40AM

    Yes, it's the small things. But if you are left hungry, perhaps you should cut elsewhere? Give it a try, you're right, you can do it for 3 weeks.
As for the carob, well, Sophie attacked the matzah on the counter after leaving it alone for days on end. Then she went after the rat food. She can reach almost anything, but it always surprises me to see what attracts her.

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Ouch, that hurt!

Monday, May 07, 2012

No, I didn't actually hurt myself - I just did some foam rolling for the first time in a very long time. Ouch!

One of the nice things about being in a training group is that I don't have to think about my runs; they're already mapped out for me, and today was a 25 minute easy run. It's a 6 month HM training program, so it starts out very easy, which is a very good thing for me at the moment.

My pride hurts, too, because while I wouldn't really say it was an easy run, it was certainly a slow one. I know, I know: I'm just getting back into the swing of things & it will take time to rebuild my stamina.

My plan had been to go for a really early morning run, but I had a hard time falling asleep & just as hard a time getting up. But it's a lovely day & tomorrow is supposed to really suck, plus I have grocery shopping to do, dogs to walk, etc. etc. So I got out there fairly early.

The first mile I wasn't too far off the pace I had in mind, but I felt really tired that second mile & allowed myself to take it easy, because really I just had to.

The good news is I was barely sore after Saturday's run & while my pace today sucked it was still way better than my very first 5k, so it's not like I'm back to square one, even tho it feels like it.

A big shout out to my buddy FRECKS96 who ran a HM yesterday in a great time! You rock, girl!

Waiting to hear if my buddy SKINNYPOWELL1 finished her 14 miler . . . my money's on her.

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SKFEREBEE 5/7/2012 3:52PM

    When I am running a lot slower than I would like or think I'm capable of and the "Girl you are SOOO SLOW!" recording starts going in my head, I've learned to interrupt it with "You're running for distance, not time...just complete the distance." It makes me enjoy my runs more. I'm doing a 30-week training program for a marathon in November and I think a slower build up to longer runs is much better for your body anyway. Good luck with your training!

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KANSASROSE67 5/7/2012 1:54PM

    It will come back...good job getting out there!

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SKINNYPOWELL1 5/7/2012 12:47PM

    YOU DID IT - YEAH. Don't let your pride hurt, you're just coming back off of being sick, not square one. Just keep running and it will all come back this week since you're feeling better. emoticon

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TEMPEST272002 5/7/2012 11:23AM

    I'm also having a hard time getting going this morning. Missed my planned run... poor DeeOhGee didn't even get a walk. You might not have liked your time on today's run - but you're smart to remember how far you've come since that 1st 5K. Keep going!

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FRECKS96 5/7/2012 11:17AM

    You'll get there...just being on the roads is progress. It stinks to start back after an illness/injury/break, but it will be so worth it in the end!

(And thank you for the shout out!!)

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NATPLUMMER 5/7/2012 11:16AM

    Yes....hurts so good.
Yes, it will take time to build your stamina again...don't worry about it. Being only barely sore after Saturday's run means that you are far from square one!!
Now I have to read Lisa's blog ;-)

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DOGMOMMA2THREE 5/7/2012 9:28AM

    Yes, like SLIMMERJESSE, I also have to google foam rolling! But you have to be kinder to yourself - you are doing wonderful and you are definitely not back to square one.


Just looked up foam rolling although I should have just asked my husband as he told me what it was as I was typing the words in.

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    I could never run period. I just have never had it in me.

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SLIMMERJESSE 5/7/2012 9:24AM

    Have to admit that I'm going have to look up what foam rolling is. Be patient with yourself in getting back in the saddle with slow

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Dinner & a run

Saturday, May 05, 2012

Not together, tho. We went out for the first time in almost a month last night. We went to a local diner; too many choices! I went there planning on an omelet & hash browns, but that pretty much flew out the window when confronted with all the great (but not so healthy) choices.

I settled on a monte cristo with a side of sweet potato fries. Hey, I haven't eaten out in a really long time, remember! I brought home half the meal as the bread slices were HUGE!

This morning I had the first session with my HM training group. It's smaller than I thought it would be - maybe 10 people in the HM group? There's also a full marathon group. I spent most of the time running by myself . . . The run/walk group is a bit slower than me, but the group that ran was faster. I kept up with them maybe 3/4 of a mile & only did 2 miles (finishing up at my own, slow pace).

I haven't completely decided whether or not to join the run/walk group, since these will be my long, slow runs. One of the main reasons I joined was to hopefully take some time off my HM times.

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BESSHAILE 5/6/2012 6:30AM

    It will be interesting to see which group you end up sticking with. Here's to shaving some time off your miles.

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NATPLUMMER 5/5/2012 11:39AM

    Oh but that would have been so fun and efficient ;-)
Geez, I haven't had a monte cristo in about 20 years. I bet that was good.
I think going with the run/walk group for the LSRs would be a good thing since they are supposed to be SLOW. You can do your speedy stuff on your own....but that's my two cents which you can obviously take or leave.

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TEMPEST272002 5/5/2012 11:07AM

    Mmmm.... sweet potato fries. Sounds like you're right in between the two groups. Is there a leader for the groups who can give you advice about increasing your speed? Maybe it's good that you try to keep up with the faster group for as long as you can. Push yourself a bit... and then join the walk/run group for the rest? I know you'll work it out either way.

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SLIMMERJESSE 5/5/2012 9:43AM

    There are a few things I miss from the East Coast, and diners are among them. I loved diner food when I stayed with my cousin
awhile ago. Have a fun weekend.

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Not as much as I thought . . .

Thursday, May 03, 2012

. . . but I'll take it.

Even my husband looked at me yesterday & said "you look thinner" & this is a man who NEVER comments on my weight, which is both a good thing & a bad thing.

So just a small loss today & that's for the last couple of weeks, but any loss is welcomed here. Does explain why those 3 pairs of jeans are still too tight.

A quick word about the food spotting app: I downloaded it mainly for travel. Don't plan on staring at that all day.

Still resting up, but I think I'm on the other side of this thing now. I'd kind of gotten out of the habits of my supplements, which includes 2000 mg vitamin c. I was taking ricola because I liked the taste, but it only has 60 mg!

I've read that vitamin c to prevent colds is basically an old wive's tale, but it really does seem to work for me.must start taking supps again!

Now mostly I need to remember that I deserve a healthy body, not treats because I've been sick. Now is the time to suck it up & eat really healthy! I haven't been overindulging, and my appetite is still rather low (a good thing, but I know it won't stay that way), but the pull to reward myself with food is there. I want to continue the "good" downward spiral!

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KANSASROSE67 5/3/2012 3:44PM

    If you've been eating less, your body might be used to it and that will help control the hunger. I know that my stomach "shrinks" and I get full faster after a few days of lighter eating.

Great job with the WI and looser clothes!

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TEMPEST272002 5/3/2012 3:23PM

    Any loss counts! Glad you['re feeling better. Hopefully you'll be back to 100% soon.

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DOGMOMMA2THREE 5/3/2012 2:32PM

    You are still doing great!

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NATPLUMMER 5/3/2012 12:51PM

    Any loss is a good one.
I was pretty sure that's why you downloaded that app.

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GOOSIEMOON 5/3/2012 12:39PM

    Sounds like you have a good plan.

Keep up the good work!

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The clothes roulette

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Tomorrow is my WI, but I can tell I've lost some weight. I wore a pair of jeans today that had been a bit too tight for a while. Still really just a tad tight, but much better.

Then I tried on a dress I'd bought at H&M a couple of weeks ago for $7. The 12 fit; the 10 was tight, but not indecently so (for the record, I'm mostly a size 4 or 6 in dresses; this particular dress ran really small, obviously). I went with the 10, knowing it would fit well if I ever got to my GW & since it was only $7 it seemed worth the gamble. Yup, it was much more comfortable.

In a fit of madness I tried on the last 3 pairs of jeans that have been languishing in my armoire forever. Nope; all were still too small.

But it's still a glimpse into what could be . . . and maybe what I need to do. I hate to say it, but I think the answer, as it always seems to be, is to eat less. Not a lot less; just a little. Granted, there has been almost no exercise for weeks now & I fully expect a gain when I get back into the swing of things. And of course I need to fuel properly for that exercise. But my body didn't seem to think it was being starved; it wasn't rebelling by holding onto my weight.

But I simply feel better at this weight, whatever it might be. And so it's worth fighting for.

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DOGMOMMA2THREE 5/3/2012 2:33PM

    You will get there and into those three pairs of jeans because of your dedication! I know you can do it!

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NEVERMIND2010 5/3/2012 2:08AM

    "In a fit of madness I tried on the last 3 pairs of jeans that have been languishing in my armoire forever. Nope; all were still too small." Boy, can I relate to this one...

I'm glad you're having success. Keep up the good work!

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SLIMMERJESSE 5/2/2012 5:17PM

    There goes the eating the entire challah loaf idea. (smiling) Glad you are feeling much better.

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NATPLUMMER 5/2/2012 4:58PM

    YAY for much better!!

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