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5 things I've learned on my healthy journey

Friday, August 31, 2012

1. Indulge wisely; moderation is key

I really admire those people who eat so cleanly that nothing processed passes their lips. I don't eat a lot of processed food, but I know I have to have some treats or I feel deprived.

2. Peaks & valleys will happen; follow the trends
you'll gain, you'll lose . . . what's important is your trend over time. Trust tbe process. And if you don't like your trend - change something!

3. I spy . . . 
You have to be a sleuth. Unless you take a close look at what you're doing, you won't know what to change. Turning a blind eye to your habits will not advance you in your journey.

4. Choose wisely more often
The corollary to #1: you will make bad choices sometimes; the more often you choose wisely, the more successful you'll be.

5. Baby steps
There is so much advice out there, so much of it conflicting. Start small. Change one habit. Stick with it until it really IS habit. Then tackle the next habit.

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SLIMMERJESSE 8/31/2012 3:36PM

    SUCH a good blog. I voted for it. Great reminders. And I smiled as I grocery shopped to think that your explanation, so obvious andsimple to most, didn't really occur to me.
Thank you!

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    Very well said, and so true!

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KANSASROSE67 8/31/2012 1:46PM

    Good advice!


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SPARKLINGME176 8/31/2012 1:27PM

    You are a very wise Lady! Thanks!

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NATPLUMMER 8/31/2012 1:13PM

    I agree!!

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SCRAPPINPOLLY 8/31/2012 11:15AM

    Very well said!!

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BETHIEBOOPS 8/31/2012 11:02AM

    They are all so true, but number 5 is just key. I subscribe to the idea that you shouldn't make changes you can't live with for your whole live. That's why some people thrive on WW and others on Atkins. Others bounce from one to one to another because they are making too many changes at once. For me, it was about starting small and building up.

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ELAYNE39 8/31/2012 11:00AM

    Well said!

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GOOSIEMOON 8/31/2012 10:59AM

    Great reminders to us all.

Thanks! emoticon

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SILLYLILME 8/31/2012 10:58AM

  Very wise advice to everyone.

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Why I love my WW meeting!

Thursday, August 30, 2012

First, I have a great leader. If you don't, try going to a few meetings! I had to try a few when I moved.

But I REALLY love my meetings because of the motivation I get from them; I almost always walk away with a renewed feeling of resolve.

I had a plan going into today's meeting. As usual, I had several errands to run after my meeting, one involving going to the mall. And my plan was to buy an Auntie Anne's pretzel for lunch. Hey, I didn't say it was a good plan!

After my meeting I walked right by that pretzel booth without a second glance. I bought myself some sushi instead; also an indulgence, but at least it has SOME nutritional substance.

For the third week in a row, I wasn't sure what the scale would tell me. I woke up feeling so bloated yesterday, but the minute I pulled on those turquoise skinny jeans I was pretty sure I'd lost. But then, of course, I spent the rest of the day battling with myself: wanting to eat more to fuel this week's long run, thinking I ate out a coup,e of times with things I could only guestimate & maybe I should eat less.

But I was rewarded this week. And I have to continue to walk that tightrope: fuel my runs, make wise decisions, & indulge a little. I would soooo love to lose a couple of more pounds before my HM - possible, but unlikely with my track record.

I stopped at the mall because yesterday I tried on tbe new Old Navy colored sweetheart jeans. I.want.them.in.every.color.

But I figured I'd go home, hopefully order them online & maybe they'd have a petite length. They didn't have them online at all! So I traipsed back with my 10% off coupon today to find they were no longer on sale. They will be perfect to wear on the plane to HI, so yes, I bought them. They run large, so of course my vanity was stoked in more ways than one (because I easily fit into a smaller size & they fit my body so darn well & the colors are really gorgeous).

How do you keep motivated?

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SLIMMERJESSE 8/31/2012 10:09AM

    I just know that things in motion stay in motion. So my motivation kinda keeps running itself. BTW, I intend to use the Vitamix as a juicer (among other things). This way, I can keep the skin on things that were once turned into pulp. Have a fun weekend.

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SKFEREBEE 8/30/2012 11:24PM

    By staying away from the scale.

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NATPLUMMER 8/30/2012 3:56PM

    Yay for a loss and some new jeans!!
Bypassing the pretzel in favor of sushi is a nsv :-)

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XFITSTRONG 8/30/2012 2:18PM

    Ooooh, I saw those jeans! They are super cute and I also love the colors. I think it's awesome you have a wonderful support group. I am sure that helps!

What keep s me motivated is the fact that I am feeling AWESOME! Better than I have felt in as long as I can remember. This feeling of having boundless energy is incredible and I do not ever want it to end. I will keep at my 2 a day workouts and my healthy eating.... It's become a bit of a n addiction, in a good way I guess? for me.

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Running finds

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

I've yet to find anything other than trash while running, but I made a couple of cool product finds lately -- and come to a realization.

I tried out clandestino banana bars -- clandestinobananabar.com -- 20% off with code OPRAH (not sure if that's still good). Simply banana covered in dark chocolate (or not). The bars are tiny; I thought they tasted just ok, but one of my running buddies really liked it. Still, I find it useful for long runs.

I swear the coolest running hats/visors ever - they have bungees for your gels! When I got mine I really didn't think the little bungee thingies were tight enough - but they stayed put thru a 9 mile run.

I got those on a deal, too; naturally. Active.com has schwaggle & competitor group has gear buzz - some pretty interesting stuff there sometimes.

My weight seems to be doing ok thru the higher mileage - no doubt due to the realization that while I need to fuel properly for runs & long runs, they don't give me a license to eat. Yes,you do need to go heavier on carbs a couple of days before a long run, but you really don't need more food - you just need to up the percentage of carbs to fuel your run.

Some of my favorite pre-long run meals are pancakes, sushi or pierogis with pretzel bread.

Depending on the length of your long run, you may need to eat a bit more than usual for a day afterwards, again going heavier on the carbs. But you don't need to pig out for days afterwards.

I've also started to try to add in an afternoon green smoothie lately. I rarely crave them in the mornings, especially as the mornings get cooler, but they often hit the spot as an afternoon snack. You can never have too many greens.

What are your favorite pre-long run meals?

What's your fav running gear?

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BESSHAILE 8/30/2012 6:57AM

    I don't run - but my most favorite exercise gear is a good bra. I only have one but I'm planning on getting a second one soon. Made an enormous difference in my posture of all things!

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KKINNEA 8/29/2012 1:54PM

    Been too long since I checked in with you - great profile pix! I also eat pierogis for a long run - great stuff!

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LAURIE5658 8/29/2012 12:31PM

    My fave running gear...my Amphipod fuel belt for my super duper long runs. I like how you can move the bottle anywhere you want along with pouches.


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NATPLUMMER 8/29/2012 12:17PM

    Pancakes :-) emoticon I'm going to be trying those out when I start afternoon runs.

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COOP9002 8/29/2012 10:17AM

    i usually eat a bagel and some yogurt before i head out for my long run each week.

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ERICADAWN1986 8/29/2012 10:08AM

    I maple and brown sugar oatmeal pre run. Thanks for the tips.

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Ending with a bang!

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

The year, that is. The next few months will be a real whirlwind.

My HM is in one month & all that goes with that: the training, getting everything ready for the pet sitters, researching Montreal.

Sadly, we will only spend a few days in Montreal. Arrive friday, leave Monday (the HM is Sunday - don't really want to sit for hrs in a car the next day, but there's a reason as you'll see). Altho DH has made some noises about maybe stopping off in Burlington, VT on Monday - we lived there 20 yrs ago.

The reason we won't be staying in Montreal longer is that that is the start of DH's mini-sabbatical (4 weeks). We kicked around many ideas & I told DH it was his choice, since he worked for it. In the end, he decided to go to Kauai.

So less time in Montreal = more time in Kauai. I can't really complain about that.

We will be renting a condo & friends are also going to come out for a long weekend. DH invited his mother, too, but she decided against it (whew!). The woman could certainly use the vacation, but we would be severely limited in what we could do if she were there.

Then december is my next HM. My MIL is considering coming to Vegas.

It's going to be a whirlwind - in a good way.

I am already considering the next HM after that. I'm targeting may/June; then I don't have to train thru the entire winter & I get a little break. The diva HM in myrtle beach looks real interesting, but I'm also going to look into something closer I can drive to. I need to add some more states!

I think one of the biggest challenges with all this is keeping my weight under control with all that travel. I'll have a kitchen in both Montreal & Kauai & that helps immensely.

Edited to add: we are spending 10 days in Kauai, not a month! His sabbatical actually starts with our trip to Montreal & he wants to decompress at home a bit, too. Not to mention how expensive the pet sitting is, especially since our dog sitter recently raised her rates.

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FRECKS96 8/28/2012 3:19PM

    What an exciting couple of months you have lined up!! The HM in Binghamton is in May...registration is already open. emoticon

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NATPLUMMER 8/28/2012 1:03PM

    Whew!! Busy, but fun stuff coming up!!

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KANSASROSE67 8/28/2012 12:00PM

    You have so much to look forward to!


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LJCANNON 8/28/2012 10:31AM

    emoticonI don't think you will have too much problem in the eating department with all that Activity!! It sounds as if you have a Very Busy few Months planned!! I am looking forward to hearing all about it!!

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TRI_BABE 8/28/2012 9:13AM

    WOW ! That sounds so fantastic. Enjoy it! A kitchen helps, but you can still only do the best you can. Just make health choices and you'll be fine!

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SKINNYPOWELL1 8/28/2012 8:13AM

    One month in Kauai, you locky lady. I'm envious.

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LALAFLOWERS 8/28/2012 8:05AM

    Enjoy Montreal!!! I grew up near there, and lived in Burlington for 6 years.... Last time I was there, it had changed alot!!! Enjoy the run.

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Bend it like Beckham

Friday, August 24, 2012

The rules, that is. I am not an all or nothing person: I never feel like I've blown it, so I might as well keep eating badly. But I'm a recovering perfectionist in certain areas of my life; altho in other areas I am far from perfect & it doesn't seem to bother me!

For the longest time I had a morning yoga practice -- most days just 10 minutes. And I'd beat myself up if I got up too late & didn't get it in. These days sometimes I do my morning yoga; sometimes I don't. Usually I feel better when I get it in; but if not, it's ok.

Maybe I've become more lenient about it because I do a lot of yoga & figure if I don't do it in the morning, I'll get it in later in tbe day.

Only yesterday I was going to do a 20 minute legs yoga routine . . . I got my run in, & if you read my blog yesterday you know how THAT went . . . the yoga didn't happen. Maybe I'll do it today; maybe not. I've been doing some pretty heavy upper body ST lately, so I try to do that 3 x week & lower body (which is the yoga this week) 2 x week.

I plan my meals out he day before, but sometimes I'm craving something different. Since I already have a plan, it's relatively easy to plug in what I'm craving & make any necessary adjustments. Which is exactly what I did this morning.

You have never "blown" it. You have simply made a choice. That's what life is all about -- choices; some will be good, some will be bad, but hopefully the majority will be good. And hopefully you'll learn that sometimes it's more than ok to bend the rules - it's downright necessary.

Do you go with the flow or are you a perfectionist?

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EOSTAR_45 8/30/2012 7:22AM

    I too am a recovering perfectionist but have been transitioning into a go with the flow person. And I am getting there--some days better than others of course:-)

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TRI_BABE 8/28/2012 10:38PM

    I am a perfectionist! But I actually try not to be, because I have seen how it actually slows me down. I am flexible on plans... but with my work I am a total perfectionist, I annoy myself sometimes!

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BESSHAILE 8/25/2012 7:28AM

    Funny thing - I'm a flower - but I admire the rule follower. And sometimes I act like I've blown it but never for very long....

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NATPLUMMER 8/24/2012 3:37PM

    Go with the flow...for sure :-)

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KIMPOSSIBLE82 8/24/2012 12:43PM

    You have a great mindset! I'm sometime go with it, sometimes feel like I've blown it. It usually takes me several poor choices to feel like I've blown it ... but you're right: we gotta just keep chugging along and doing the best at each chance :)

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LJCANNON 8/24/2012 10:33AM

    emoticonI'm definitely a "Go With The Flow" kind of Girl, except when it comes to the Gym. I get there at least 3 times a week, although I am flexible about what I do when I get there.
emoticonAfter I had surgery in October I went to the Gym (Curves) every day, even though I only Walked for 6 Weeks, and did not do ANY Strength Training.
emoticonNot sure if I am "Dedicated" or "Obsessed"!!

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SLIMMERJESSE 8/24/2012 9:24AM

    I'm extremely flexible and roll with the changes.

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