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Invincible & vigilant

Friday, October 26, 2012

Now there ar 2 words that don't normally go together!

The problem with losing weight? You feel invincible! You've got this! No need to record that extra handful of nuts. Why not have a little chocolate? Grab that frozen dinner cause you're pressed for time. Almost no freggies? No worries, you've got this!

Well, that's sort of how last week went. And I was rewarded . . . and I'm not usually rewarded for that kind of behavior.

But I know if I let those unhealthy habits continue to creep in I won't continue to be rewarded. I fully expect an uptick at some pt if TOM arrives. No to mention since it was semi-warm I wore a pretty light dress for my WI.

I've got to be vigilant. A frozen dinner here & there is ok; definitely not every day. My BLTs were recorded, but I know I wasn't honest with myself about the amount -- that's got to stop. And freggies are even more important when you're under a lot of stress.

Here's to a more vigilant week - not because of the scale, because it's the healthy & right thing to do for my body.

Wanna be a vigilante with me?

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XFITSTRONG 10/28/2012 7:12AM

    I do!!!! Weigh in is on Thursday.... I will def. be a vigalante with you this week!

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LJCANNON 10/26/2012 3:34PM

    emoticon I think for most of us, being "Ever Vigilant" about Diet and Activity is not a Choice. It is something that we will have to do FOREVER. Much l;ike a Diabetic has to monitor their Blood Sugar, we will have to monitor our Food Intake.
emoticon But it is a Price that I am willing to pay,because they Benefits are AWESOME!!

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HEALTH4LYFE 10/26/2012 11:06AM

    I agree with Donna that you need to give yourself credit for all your hard work. I also know with me, that when I have something with slightly more fat, over the course of the week, it all evens out and as long as I am vigilant and practice moderation throughout the rest week, I am generally successful in reaching a goal.

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DDHEART 10/26/2012 10:30AM

    Yes! It is very seductive to start to think that a good weigh in is a sign that we have it down pat but I don't know how many times I have been reminded that this life...this journey...is not a straight line and I can't ever forget it and go with the flow.

Now, that said, we still need to recognize our hard work and in your case I believe you really deserve some applause as well cause I know you have been putting in the work. I think back to when I first started reading your blogs and though at that time, you were eating well most of the time I know you weren't doing the fitness that you are now....and it shows! So, be vigilent...we all need to...but give yourself credit for a job well done too!

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NATPLUMMER 10/26/2012 10:14AM

    I'm with you!

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SLIMMERJESSE 10/26/2012 9:57AM

    You are both of those things. Impressive to watch!

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Is a 10k race as good as a 9 mile long run?

Thursday, October 25, 2012

9 miles is on my schedule next week, but I'm actually considering a 10k race.

Would that take the place of the 9 miles?

Or would I have to tack on another 3 miles?

Gotta make up my mind soon. I see a lot of treadmill running in my future next week, what with sandy potentially headed our way. But maybe it won't be so bad. One can hope.

I actually cooked myself some honey tofu last night. So now I have a few leftovers. Went back to TJs to stock up: tonight's dinner is reduced guilt Mac & cheese: got at least 10 miles to run on sat.

I bagged about half of what I raked yesterday. You'd actually never even know I raked with the leaves that came down overnight.

I am off to get myself a reward at baublebar.com (25% off) for the last 2 weeks. I think the scales are broken: down 2 1/2 lbs in 2 weeks? Highly unusual for me. I'm not quite sure what's going on!

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EMMANYC 10/25/2012 10:26PM

    A 10K race would be a great workout, but I don't think it's a substitute for your long run. It would be a good tempo run, or even a speed workout, and then do your long run a few days later. Or you could run a slow race and add 3 miles.

I like racing, but the one downside I find of doing short races when I'm training for longer events is that they do take it out of my body, so I end up needing more recovery time than I do for just normal workouts. My hip is still grumbling almost 2 weeks after a speedy 5K.

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AIDANELENA 10/25/2012 4:54PM

    I'm doing a 10K on Thanksgiving and have 9 miles scheduled for that day as well! My plan is to tack on another 3 after the race.

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SLIMMERJESSE 10/25/2012 4:31PM

    I'll have to check out that website.

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NATPLUMMER 10/25/2012 3:51PM

    I'm no expert...you know this...but I would do another 3 miles...obviously not at race pace.
Fingers crossed Sandy peters out by the time she gets to you.
The reduced guilt mac and cheese is pretty good.
That's the problem with raking ;-)
Down 2.5 pounds is excellent!! Enjoy your reward :-)

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5 more reasons to love 10 minute workouts

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

1. They can potentially be done in any clothes

During winter I just hate changing into & out of workout clothes. Short workouts can be done in almost any clothes -- i've done them in dresses & jeans & pjs.

2. They don't feel hard

Well, they might feel a little hard, but they're over so quickly that . . .

3. They often don't cause you to break a sweat

Which is why you can do them in any clothing. But they can get you sweaty, depending on what you're doing. Even if you're not getting sweaty you are burning calories.

4. They can give you a lot of variety

How often do you get yoga, ST & cardio done in one day? Much easier to get it all in when it's only 10 minutes at a time.

5. They get results

You don't feel like you're doing much, but all those little sessions add up.

And I'm enjoying my 10 minute sessions right now. But could somebody tell me where my mojo has gone? Is it just mr? The gray NE days?

I just don't want to cook. At all. Really struggling with that this week & Trader Joes is beginning to grow on me (especially for DH). I keep making meal plans that involve cooking but when it comes down to it I end up rearranging things so I don't have to.

Not expecting a spectacular week since TOM is again AWOL - again putting it as a contender in my next HM - and i've relied far too much on packaged foods this week. Today I've made sure to mostly rely on whole foods (where does tofu fall? Frozen sweet potato fries? Into the gray area between packaged & whole foods, I guess).

I've done 2 10 minute leg workouts so far; gotta work those arms. And should pick up a rake which will work everything but might just put that off til tomorrow. But I've got more errands to run tomorrow.

I still don't see how you working people do it!

And because I've been feeling kind of cursed lately, here are a few thingsi'm grateful for:

My SP buddies
My WW leader & group
My health
My legs which carry me miles & miles
Trader Joes spinach & butternut squash au gratin
Dark chocolate
1 healthy cat & 1 healthy dog
My quiet house
My tea

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DOGMOMMA2THREE 10/24/2012 4:37PM

    Love your attitude!

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SKINNYPOWELL1 10/24/2012 3:52PM

    Glad you took the time to make your thankful list, we are all so blessed.

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NATPLUMMER 10/24/2012 2:32PM

    10 minute workouts are nice...especially yoga :-)
Funny, I don't want to cook either...it must be catching.
TOM does get tricky sometimes.
Gray area...for sure.

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XFITSTRONG 10/24/2012 2:14PM

    Love your gratitude list.....

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HEALTHY4JEANNE 10/24/2012 1:35PM

I love the things that you are grateful for!!!
:) Jeanne

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SLIMMERJESSE 10/24/2012 1:13PM

    I LOVE the stuffed peppers at TJ's. And now they are advertising pumpkin butter. Oh my! Great blog BTW.

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YOBOELI 10/24/2012 1:05PM

    That is great to list the things you are grateful for. Good Luck

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Vegan. Atkins. Raw. Paleo. Clean Eating.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

What's a healthy eater to do? Just what the heck *is* healthy eating, anyway?

I have tried many different healthy eating styles during my journey. In tbe end, I make up my own, as I so often do, but I take away a little something from pretty much everything I try.

The best way to eat for YOU is the one that makes the most sense to you & properly fuels your body.

Do you have enough energy to get thru your days?
Do you feel happy?
Do you look forward to your meals?
Do you rarely get sick?

Those are just a few of the questions you should be saying yes to to determine whether or not your way of eating is working for you.

I'm intrigued by the idea of a paleo but I don't really eat much meat nor do I want to. I'm a non-vegetarian who eats mostly vegetarian. The whole Paleo thing doesn't quite resonate with me because I think our ancestors probably didn't eat meat with most meals -- hunting isn't easy. But I'm still intrigued enough by the concept to order The Paleo Diet for Athletes from the library.

I know I won't be going Paleo, but will no doubt flirt with it a bit & keep some of it in my repertoire.

What eating style works best for you?

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BESSHAILE 10/25/2012 7:09AM

    Too true. It's difficult to pick when there's so much stuff being offered up as "Scientific Proof That You Vill Obeh Mee Or DieDieDieDie!" Any time I read something that says "_____ eating is the only way to be healthy... besides our ancestors did it" I suspect the Nazi attitude.

Had to go look up Paleo diet - and was sad to read the nazi statement in the first paragraph. Like you - I'm going to devise what works for me and follow that plan.

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    What worked the best for me was making sure I had a mixture of carbs, protein and fat at each meal and snack - adding protein and fat made me less hungry and made my body absorb the carbs slower so it worked well. :) Good luck!

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SKFEREBEE 10/23/2012 12:31PM

    Low on the processed foods and sodium, high on fruits, vegies and lean meats. I think the problem with any "diet" is people view them as something you go on and off of. The key is to find a way of eating you can stick with for life because if you go back to your old diet, you will go back to your old size. I feel bad for people who view healthy food as something gross. I think the most delicious foods in the world are the healthiest as well :o)

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NATPLUMMER 10/23/2012 11:06AM

    When I find an eating style that works for me, I'll let you know ;-)

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SPEEDYDOG 10/23/2012 9:54AM

    Thirty years ago there were a few books that were supposed to be "paleo". So this is nothing new. One book, "The Right Way of Eating" maintained that our ancient ancestors did eat meat, but not a lot of big mammals such as Wolly Mammoths or monster buffaloes. Our ancestors ate rabbits and squirrels that could be easily snared.

So the author recommended eating lots of non-starchy vegatables and small amounts of very lean meats. Fruit was also in the mix. Stuff like milk and grains were not recommended.

Of course, this "diet" works because our ancient ancestors were 4 to 5 feet tall and needed very small amounts of calories to fuel their lean 80 pound bodies.

Is there a magic diet out there? I really don't think so.

Thanks, Bruce

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SLIMMERJESSE 10/23/2012 9:37AM

    Great points in this blog. Thanks!

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NELLJONES 10/23/2012 9:36AM

    This is why the exchange plans make so much sense to me: 2 dairies, 5 proteins, 6 breads, 3+ veggies, 2 fruits, 3 fats, plus 3 extra exchanges and up to 100 optional calories each day. I can have vegetarian proteins, meat proteins, however many vegs I want, and enough to mix it all up in a varied, creative way. If I follow this plan, I am well nourished, period. Paragraph.

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IFDEEVARUNS2 10/23/2012 9:36AM

    I'm with you on this - I investigate all these different things and in the end I do what makes sense for me and what my body seems to need.
Let me know what you think of the book....

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DOGMOMMA2THREE 10/23/2012 8:28AM

    I think you have hit the nail on the head...it is all up to what works for each of us in terms of our energy and how it makes us feel overall. I find your blogs so informative!

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LALAFLOWERS 10/23/2012 8:14AM

    You may very well enjoy Paleo. It's not a revamp of Atkins. Rather, it's lots of veggies, some fruit, and protein at meals. (Lots of eggs though....). I like it. I actually fell better without the wheat, and most grains. I do have some rice, but only a few times a week. It's not a bad program, and in most part, it's one of the more balanced ones out there. Can't wait to hear what you think.

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Getting healthy 10 minutes at a time

Monday, October 22, 2012

DH asked me if his month off wasn't too hard on me yesterday; I told him that we passed our anniversary without divorcing so I guess not.

The truth is that our vacation in Kauai could've been even better if he would just wake up to the fact that he is killing himself slowly. We joke about my parents who have a hard time moving before noon, but at the rate he is going he will turn into them.

As I blogged, I just couldn't sit around all morning. I'm good at relaxing, but not THAT good & my days need SOME movement. Preferably before 11 am. I figured the first week he needed to relax, but told him after that that I couldn't sit around all morning.

One day we were debating what to do & when it became apparent we were doing nothing in a hurry, I told him I was walking to one of the shopping areas & I'd call him to get a ride back (because of the heat).

It was only a 2 mile walk, but even at 10:30 am I was dripping in sweat & tired by the time I got there. A fruit smoothie restored me.

He was exhausted after our 5 1/2 hr photo tour which included some walking, but really wasn't bad. I felt fine. He claimed it was the heat. He is not willing to acknowledge that his lack of activity & extra weight is taking a toll on his lifestyle.

I know I should be more sympathetic as I've been there, done that, but even when I was 30 lbs heavier I was exercising regularly.

It doesn't take running like I do. It doesn't take hrs. It all starts with just 10 minutes. Today I have lots of little to-dos on my list so I'm doing that much needed ST in 10 minute increments. Heck, I was reading an article not too long ago saying just 5-7 minutes morning, noon & night will help keep your metabolism humming along, which will potentially help you lose even more weight.

My aim today is to get in 30 minutes ST - broken down into 3 10 minutes sessions. And SP makes that pretty easy to do. And if you run out of time & don't get them all done . . . at least you've done something!

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IMREITE 10/22/2012 3:51PM

    i tend to try to add 10 more minutes to my workout. and sometimes even when i have no energy i still go for 10 minutes. i vary my intensity. but there is very little excuse to not start.

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SKINNYPOWELL1 10/22/2012 2:04PM

    emoticon I really need to work on the ST, great idea.

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IMSMILEY88 10/22/2012 1:39PM

    What a great idea!! Just do 10 mins of ST, 3 times a day. Hey, I'd settle for just a 'streak' of doing 10 mins a day!!

Have a great day!

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SLIMMERJESSE 10/22/2012 11:25AM

    I just told a dear friend over the weekend that it was like watching him slowly kill himself by the way he eats. He's been recently
starting to make slow changes, so at least
there is some hope.

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DOLLFACEDX 10/22/2012 10:54AM

    You need to keep pushing - gently - your agenda FOR YOURSELF.

You cannot change him or cause him to change through words. . .only actions and the net result of those actions.

My hubby doesn't 'buy into' my changes but has been watching and lately has begun to acknowledge my successes. . .and is now accompanying me to the gym, albeit without much enthusiasm.

Remember - IT IS A PROCESS - you stick with it and be willing to bring along those who develop their own interest.

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NATPLUMMER 10/22/2012 10:50AM

    A month off without divorcing is a big win!!
10 minute increments is a great way to go.
Hopefully he will learn to follow your example....or maybe he needs a scare from the doctor like Greg.

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