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Be your own cheerleader

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Do cheerleaders throw down their pom poms when their team is losing? Of course not! They're there to support their teams & elicit support from the audience - not that I was ever a cheerleader or involved in organized sports, mind you, aside from the JCC swim team who took anyone & my dad was heavily involved in it & my bowling team.

Nope, no giddiness this week, unfortunately. But I'm not throwing in my Pom poms, either. Instead I'm opting to be my own cheerleader & focus on the things I did right:

* Drank plenty of water

*Ate my freggies

*Followed my running schedule

*Reached for water first when I was hungry & shouldn't have been

*Refrained from dessert every few days

There's always room for improvement, of course. There definitely was way less movement this past week aside from walking tbe dogs & running. I need to be more active, even when the weather is hot. There hasn't been much ST lately, so time to at least get back to Pilates.

I can see that lack of ST in my body. Some of it I can't help - still dealing with a painful elbow - but that doesn't mean I can't do lower body & core & they need it. Plus I think it might be time to add in some upper body to strengthen the forearm, which should help tbe elbow.

I will focus on what I'm doing right (like tackling the laundry that's been waiting a few days) and hopefully by next week I'll cheer my way all the way to the scale.

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KARBIE18 7/12/2012 1:44PM

    So smart to focus on what you did right - there's always so much of that! Keep it up, and I'm sure the scale will reflect all those wise choices.

Keep on cheering!

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LJCANNON 7/12/2012 1:28PM

    emoticonVery Valid Points!! I don't know why it is So Easy for so many of us to support Others, but not Ourselves. Hopefully, with a little help from our Spark Friends, we can Change that Thinking.

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SHEILA1505 7/12/2012 1:09PM

    Point well made - I've supported my Soccer team through thick and thin since 1969 and my Rugby team since 1970 when I arrived here - why don't I support myself in the same way? That changes here and now :)


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SKINNYPOWELL1 7/12/2012 12:36PM

    emoticon Go Judy Go emoticon

emoticonOne of the many things I love about you...you never throw in the pom poms.

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SLIMMERJESSE 7/12/2012 12:33PM

    Such great blogs full of reminders. Thanks!

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Advice needed & yet another fashion shoot (long)

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

In just a bit over 3 weeks I have a wedding to go to. On a Saturday. My long runs are normally on Saturdays. It's an evening wedding, so it is doable. However, the ceremony doesn't start until 7 pm and if it's anything like his sister's wedding, we won't be sitting down to dinner until 9 pm. I'll be up at about 4:30 or 5 am, running my 7 miles at about 6:30 am. And did I mention that it's a 3 hr drive down there?

So I am torn. I could move my long run to Friday. That means I'll be by myself and that I would need to do my tempo run the day before (because I know I will be WAY too tired on Sunday, & that would mean 3 consecutive days of running which I try to avoid anyway).

I could stick to the schedule and do the group run on Sat. I really enjoy my group runs, even if I'm often running by myself. Or at least at times. But it means it will be a really, really, really long day. Extremely long. And I'll be extremely rushed getting ready to leave, too.

Any thoughts?

I'm not sure why, but my buddies seem to like to see what I've bought, so here's what I got in VA & as a reward for losing weight on vacation (or at least maintaining & then losing when I got back).

I bought the dress below at an awesome price in the Williamsburg outlet center. We had a banquet that night. Wouldn't you know I got something on it that night? I love the dress, so I will definitely try to get it out.

I have a lot of form fitting dresses, and sometimes you just want to be comfortable -- but not schlumpy. This dress fits the bill.

As does this one.

And this one -- one of the reward dresses I bought.

The dress below I think looks better in person. Of course I so often think that. I don't have an occasion to wear it to -- gotta go to a nice restaurant so I can wear it! Maybe my fav italian place as my long runs get longer (but probably not til after the wedding). It's not dressy enough for the wedding, which is black tie optional. But I already have several dresses I'm considering.

What you can't see in this dress is that it's sparkly (and sheds on everything) and has the open shoulders.

Of course there had to be reward shoes, too. Well, there didn't have to be, but this pair spoke to me. I think the reason I end up with so many shoes is I keep looking for pairs that are comfortable AND cute. These have kitten heels, but at the moment I'm sporting a sore on one toe from this weekend when I wore a pair of low heeled slingbacks without socks. I've bought several pairs of pantyhose that just go around the tips of your toes, but I've yet to find the ones that don't show! Anyone have suggestions?

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NATPLUMMER 7/12/2012 3:01PM

    I'd be inclined to not run 3 consecutive days.
Love all the dresses and the shoes!!

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EMMANYC 7/11/2012 6:18PM

    Can you fit in a nap on Saturday? Frankly, I can't help but nap on long run days, and usually can nap almost as soon as I get home. If you're really organized, so that you're packed the night before, you could finish your long run and get home by 8:30-9 am, have breakfast, do final packing etc, and then lie down for a short nap around mid-day. If it's a 3-hour drive and the wedding starts around 7 pm, it sounds like you might need to leave by 3 to be on the safe side. So you could sleep for 30-60 minutes in early afternoon.

Are you staying over in the town where the wedding takes place? If so, you could drive there after your run, and nap before getting ready to go to the wedding.

Or worst case scenario, nap in the car, and freshen up when you get there.

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SKINNYPOWELL1 7/11/2012 9:42AM

    Awesome shopping spree, love the new dresses, very figure flattering and you know I have to comment on those ferocious, hot momma shoes - HAWT and mucho sexy, love love love them. Wish we could have done the shopping thing together, we really could have cleaned out the mall, lol.

I think I would move your schedule around to do your long run the day before, it is going to be an extremely long day and you want to be at your best for the wedding, unless of course you can nap in the car and have everything packed in the car the night before so all you have to do is shower and go. I don't like to feel rushed either - I'd say you could handle the run, but being rushed is a totally different beast.

Have fun at the wedding, pics please.

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NANCYPAT1 7/11/2012 7:28AM

    When were you in Williamsburg at the outlet stores? We were there over the 4th of July and walked everywhere in that heat. It really gave me a boost of energy for when I came home to the cooler weather and the shadier hills of West Virginia.

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They're really more like guidelines . . .

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

. . . but they work! Plans, that is.

My plan yesterday was a snack of air popped popcorn after dinner. It was a no dessert day (I do that every 3 days or so). But I was sooooo hungry by 2 pm . . . drank a couple of glasses of water but it didn't help - or make me feel less tired. So I knew it was true hunger.

I could've chosen an apple - that's often my go-to after trying water. If you're hungry & you won't eat an apple, chances are you're not really physically hungry. But I hada feeling that wasn't going to do it plus I'd already eaten a banana and cherries.

I opted to have my snack in the afternoon instead. And it worked. I told myself if I was hungry after dinner I could have that apple but I didn't need it.

Plans are good. Flexibility is even better. Best of all? Getting to really know yourself & what you need.

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SLIMMERJESSE 7/11/2012 9:02AM

    I'd opt for the Friday run. Have fun.

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KKINNEA 7/10/2012 5:39PM

    Is that a Princess Bride reference? Glad the intuitive thing is working!

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NATPLUMMER 7/10/2012 3:00PM

    That's the way to do it :-)

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KARBIE18 7/10/2012 2:41PM

    So true about flexibility...it's definitely the key. Way to go on staying mindful, and making the best choices you could. So inspiring!

Funny, but I had the same kind of day yesterday, even down to the banana, cherries, and popcorn!

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KANSASROSE67 7/10/2012 10:42AM

    The key is that you're stopping to think, not just mindlessly eating. Great job!

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TEMPEST272002 7/10/2012 10:14AM

    I agree completely! Having your evening snack in the afternoon was still a smart decision and it worked to satisfy the hunger. Good choice!

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LJCANNON 7/10/2012 10:07AM

    emoticonFlexible Plans really are the Key to Success, in my experience, too!

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TRI_BABE 7/10/2012 9:34AM

    THANKS !! Great ideas. emoticon

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SLIMMERJESSE 7/10/2012 9:15AM

    You are such a great planner. Me, not so much.

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SKINNYPOWELL1 7/10/2012 8:24AM

    Guidelines are definitely better than hard core, solid rules and they are meant to be flexible. Good job in knowing what your body needs instead of putting the "wants" first. You rock, I admire your determination so much.
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Thank God they fixed that!

Monday, July 09, 2012

I am really, really tired - I'm guessing it's the preTOM dip in hormones, because for a change I've been sleeping pretty well. I do most of my library stuff online & all of the sudden it was throwing weird error messages at me when I tried to renew books.

Books that are due today. Which I tried to renew over the weekend but I kept getting the same error message. I even returned one book that I wanted to renew because of it. They're closed on sundays.

I called the library this morning. No answer. Left a message. Hours later no reply.

I took the dogs to the park later than normal because I had to drop DH off near it. Chester seems to have forgotten he was born in TX (Lola at least has an excuse, she spent her first 8 months in MN).

I knew that would be a problem, so I headed for the one shady trail. Except I couldn't stand the bugs, so in the end it was a short walk. Good thing I'd already finished my easy run earlier in the morning.

Checked the library website - same deal. Still no messages. Frustrating, since the park is right by tbe library but I can't take the dogs in & I can't leave them in the car, either.

After a couple of more hrs I got ready to call again, logged in one more time & thank God both books were renewed. Because I really do not want to go back out there. I'm even feeling too tired to shower right now & I really need to do that, too.

So I'm drinking more water as I write this because even tho I've drunk a normal amount today, sometimes I find when I get really tired I'm dehydrated. I drank a HUGE amount of water Saturday, because even tho my long run was done by just a bit after 8 am, it was still on the wam side.

Of course, I'm also REALLY hungry (which could be hormonal too). I want to eat dinner right now. It's 2 pm. Water is the first thing I reach for when I'm that hungry & quite frankly I shouldn't be.

I tried the Kashi baked chocolate bars - pretty good; of course I do wish they were a bit bigger. I also bought some 130 calorie packs of Snackwell fudge drizzled caramel corn a while ago - finally gave that a try, too. Very good. DH looked at the package & commented that it looked like one bite but he liked it, too.

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LJCANNON 7/10/2012 10:00AM

    emoticonThose On-Line Libraries are a Great Convenience, but when they don't work it seems like an even GREATER Pain In The A**!! Glad that it all got worked out. Maybe you can still recheck the Book you didn't get to read?

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TEMPEST272002 7/9/2012 9:11PM

    Some days it feels like slogging through water. Glad you didn't have to make the extra trip into town.

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DDHEART 7/9/2012 7:53PM

    Glad you got the books renewed...now to get past that super hunger! You're wise to know yourself so well and reach for the water. I drink lots of water all the time but forget sometimes that my need can still exceed my intake. Today I did the LSD I was supposed to do yesterday..6AM and out the door...hated starting so early but what a great run with the temp in the low 70's for a change.

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WENDYSPARKS 7/9/2012 4:11PM

    I love the library also and am always getting books and renewing them....i gotta drink lots of water too.....enjoy the day!

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XFITSTRONG 7/9/2012 3:09PM

    Oh gosh I love that Snackwell stuff! Glad your library issues got worked out. Take and enjoy being in the 130's!

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SLIMMERJESSE 7/9/2012 3:00PM

    I'm impressed that you still read "real" books in addition to the ereader. (smiling) I swore I'd never get an ereader, and now I use
nothing else! Go figure.

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SOKKERNUT 7/9/2012 2:53PM

    YAYY for them fixing the problem. Kashi products are great. Hope you are feeling better/doing better today with preTOM.

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SKINNYPOWELL1 7/9/2012 2:40PM

    emoticonHydrate, hydrate, hydrate is the key, glad you are drinking up.

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NATPLUMMER 7/9/2012 2:39PM

    I'm glad they fixed it, too! What a pain in the a$$. Sometimes computers are fabulous and sometimes not so much.
I hope the water solves the hunger problem. It never seems to work for me.
I've got Greg using the Adora chocolate calciums :-) I'm glad you told me about them.
Have you checked out the brownie guy? Protein brownies with about 150 calories. They taste and have texture of a regular fudgy brownie...they even have ones with peanut butter chips.

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Where can you cut corners?

Friday, July 06, 2012

When you start a heathy lifestyle, you should concentrate on what healthy foods you can add, rather than what you can't have. If you're like me, tho, near GW but seemingly unable to reach it, it might be time to look at what you need to cut out.

For instance, last night I had a tempo run to do (i so didn't want to do it, but am glad I did). I had budgeted for a crumpet with 1 tbsp PB when I got home. You really do need to replenish your protein & a little bit of carbs after strenuous exercise.

When I got home, however, I realized I wasn't very hungry. I chose a banana with my PB instead - carbs can be freggies, too, you know.

Other ways I've learned to cut corners:

As I've mentioned a time or two, a couple of times a week, when I'm not running. I'll have a lower carb day. Not low carb, just lower. Eggs for breakfast instead of oatmeal or cereal, for instance. Sweet potato fries instead of rice at dinner. Small swaps.

Every few days I go for a no dessert day. I still have my chocolate calcium supplement & multivitamin, so I do get a small treat. But I might add in more sweet potato fries than normal, or have popcorn after dinner instead of something sweet.

I've been doing this a couple of months now & it seems to be helping.

Yesterday I said I wanted to remain giddy. The truth is, I want to be giddier: could it be the light at tbe end of a very long tunnel? Well, I've been here many times before. For now, I'll just concentrate on my goal of staying in the 130s. 1 meal, 1 day, 1 week at a time. It's a good goal for me.

What's your goal? Daily? Weekly? July?

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DDHEART 7/8/2012 10:22AM

    Well I reallized this morning that my previously set wt goal for this month (set over 6 mon ago) is shot since I had not been able to do as you have now and added wt on my past two work trips. So back to my drawing board so to speak. And...one of the problems I noted in examining things is not just that I couldn't do my runs while working but also that I continued to eat as though I were running plus those additional things that slip in when I'm away from home...Back to basics for me...I love that you helped to make me think about this more.

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TRI_BABE 7/7/2012 7:17PM

    I hope I am close, but I know I have a ways to go. It's hard trying to determine exactly what to do when you don't have that much to lose!

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NATPLUMMER 7/6/2012 12:45PM

    Great goal :-)

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IFDEEVARUNS2 7/6/2012 11:53AM

    Glad you are finding a way to balance things!

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KARBIE18 7/6/2012 11:51AM

    I am giddy for you! Once you're that close, it all takes some tweaking, but it sounds like you've got it figured out. Your committment, and reflection, have been so inspirational to me, and to so many others - you've worked really hard, and you SO deserve to meet that goal! You are doing this!

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SLIMMERJESSE 7/6/2012 9:22AM

    Yes, I have a feeling it IS the light at the end of the tunnel. You are very very close to achieving your goal.

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NELLJONES 7/6/2012 8:48AM

    I am very glad that the WW I joined long ago insisted that we cut out lots of things. I learned how to use my fruit and dairy to make my own desserts....when I had dessert. I kind of got out of the habit. Like you, I found that I could make little changes that over time made a big difference. With a little creativity, it is amazing just how long that list of legal foods really is, and how we can make it work for us.

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LATTELEE 7/6/2012 7:39AM

  Good luck

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