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November's Mid-Month Check

Saturday, November 17, 2012

It's time once again to check in on those pesky goals. Again, I feel like I'm doing pretty well sticking to all my goals, but statistically speaking, I'm not doing great on all fronts.

A few of you expressed concern that I was being too hard on myself. Maybe you were kidding a bit. Or not. Anyway, I thought I would explain the method to my madness. Get ready to see just now obsessed I am with my fitness quest.

Not only do I track all of my food and cardio on Sparkpeople, but I also keep a spreadsheet, where I track basically everything else. So I know percentage-wise how I'm doing on all my goals. When I have a goal to stay under 1550 calories every day, and I'm only managed to do that 5 days so far this month, that's a 33% success rate. If I had a 33% in 10th grade English, I'm pretty sure that would be an F. So, now you know the rest of the story.

I don't feel that it's being hard on oneself to be honest with oneself. Rather than fill my head with wishful thinking and false pride in my partial accomplishments and wonder why, oh, why isn't this weight coming off, I know. It's because I'm over in calories 67% of the time and have skipped a few more workouts than I should. Don't get me wrong -- I am pleased that I've stuck to a lot of things pretty well. And I know what I need to work on.

So. Long story short: Don't worry about me. I'm just being realistic. I'm not beating up on myself for my less than stellar performance in some areas. I look at them as areas to work harder on.

On to this month's mid-month check. Some good news, some bad news:

MOD ===== A
Tone every day ===== B
Cardio every day ===== C
Under 1550 every day ===== F
Meditate every day ===== A

I'm doing GREAT with the MOD and meditation. (WOOHOO!) Pretty well with my toning, ok with cardio. Dismal with my eating. Some days I go over a little, some days more than a little. It's so easy to do. One restaurant meal blasts calories through the roof unless you compensate for it the rest of the day.

Oh, one final note... When I say tone every day and do cardio every day, I do allow myself one day off a week. That is factored into my percentages. I've been missing a bit more than just one per week; hence the lower grade.

Now I'm off to run a 5k. All that time I took off from running in October really shows in my recent runs. Slooooooooooooow. I'm curious to see how hard I can push myself now in a race. My PR is 33 minutes. The way I've been running lately, I'm well over 35! Wish me luck!
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BLESSED2BEME 11/18/2012 1:22PM

    We each have to find what works best to help us see where we are progressing and where we aren't. I think that friends just worry about each other and without knowing each other in person per say, it is hard to really understand where each of us is coming from. Glad you have a system that works well for you. If I was to use that system, I would fail as it is too detailed for me. To each our own!

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JSALERNO 11/18/2012 7:16AM

    I LIKE YOUR SPREADSHEET IDEA

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COOP9002 11/17/2012 12:23PM

    Looks like you're moving forward.

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KNYAGENYA 11/17/2012 10:51AM

    I love your tracking system. I never thought of doing that. I know you are going to do great on your run. Good luck.

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WILLOWBROOK5 11/17/2012 10:25AM

    Everyone has their own way of tracking their progress and sounds like your way is both very organized and useful to you. When I was losing weight, I hit four plateaus but only three of those were what I consider true plateaus. The one in May occurred when I was going over my calorie range pretty regularly and it was taking stock of my eating and the scale that helped me get back on track with what I needed to do.

Good luck!
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RG_DFW 11/17/2012 10:04AM

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MEXGAL1 11/17/2012 9:21AM

    Keep up the good work!
Have a great week end.

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BEECHNUT13 11/17/2012 9:15AM

    You could see it as 33%... but how much are you going over your calories? If it's 50 calories, then framing it as a very low failing grade may actually be too hard on yourself. Your other grades look great! Isn't it tough how diet makes up 90% of our success? I think that's the hardest thing to change...

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CAPECODBABE 11/17/2012 8:51AM

    Sounds like you have a handle on things
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November: Week 1 Check-Up

Thursday, November 08, 2012

I thought maybe checking in every week on the goals would keep me on track better. It's funny -- I feel like I'm doing pretty well, probably because I'm doing so much better than I was last month! But... I'm actually not sticking to my goals the best.

Here's my report card so far:

MOD: F
Toning & cardio: B
Food: F
Meditate: A

So. I have some improvements to make. *Feeling* good about your progress isn't the same as actually making progress. Revelation!

  
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TEENY_BIKINI 11/11/2012 8:04PM

    I think you are doing pretty good too! If you scramble most of your letters - it clearly spells "fab" - as in fabulous. That's gotta mean something ;)

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WORTHART 11/10/2012 1:29AM

    Don't you grade on the curve? LOL! But really, was every day a bad food day? I would have to give myself a C I think. Most days I did fine until I got home and remembered there was brown sugar still in the house. Soon the sugar will all be gone and I hope to improve.

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RG_DFW 11/9/2012 7:49AM

    Stay with it

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SEPTEMBERSPIRIT 11/8/2012 1:29PM

    I think it's good to check in but I think you should grade yourself differently lol. The "F" is so negative... maybe an I for room for improvement or something like that.

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JUMPINJULIE 11/8/2012 12:20PM

    But feeling good motivates you to keep going and reach those goals. You can do it. emoticon

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CAPECODBABE 11/8/2012 10:49AM

    You haven't given up.

You can start making good choices right now!!!!

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MEXGAL1 11/8/2012 10:16AM

    good to not quit and to face the report card. now you can make goals and plans to do better!
Have a terrific day.
Sallie

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SPARKLED146 11/8/2012 9:58AM

    It's the beginning of the month. I see progress...those F grades are going to raise in no time! emoticon

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KATOFORNOW 11/8/2012 9:32AM

    Well, I think the A for meditate is great! and I think there should be a category for a good laugh each day, too..
I like the idea of grading as grades used to motivate me decades ago; and yes, you can do it! the food is the hard part for some reason..I blame our hectic lives, coming and going, going and coming; it's hard. I plan menus, buy food, get home and am too tired to even toss a salad at times. But there are good days, and I'm just thinking you're a bit hard on yourself with the F in the food category! Well, unless you're living on candy, doritos and sodas! emoticon

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AMANDAROX 11/8/2012 9:31AM

    At least you're realizing your lack of progress early on. It's a good time to turn things around and still meet your goals for this month!
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KNYAGENYA 11/8/2012 7:53AM

    You can do it!

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Update on the Little Guy

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Thanks for the tip, SEPTEMBERSPIRIT! I have some good news regarding the little boy who was in a car accident. I posted this as a comment on my last blog, but as SEPTEMBERSPIRIT pointed out, probably most of you didn't see that :)

Here's the update:

Good news!! Their little guy has been moved out of ICU and is showing good signs. They'll have a tough job now -- keeping him relatively inactive for 6 weeks while his skull heals. Can you imagine? Thank you all so much for your prayers!!

  
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JUMPINJULIE 11/7/2012 7:00PM

    I'm glad to here he is doing well.

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KNYAGENYA 11/7/2012 10:54AM

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MEXGAL1 11/7/2012 9:42AM

    so glad it is good news.
Have a terrific day.
Sallie

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SEPTEMBERSPIRIT 11/7/2012 4:13AM

    The power of prayer and positive thoughts is simply incredible. This is wonderful news!!

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NUOVAELLE 11/7/2012 2:18AM

    I just read this and your previous blog and I'm so happy a little kid is out of danger. Prayers for him and his parents. May God grant them with courage and help him heal as soon as possible.
You were right to give the title "perspective" to your previous blog. Sometimes life finds its own way of reminding us what really matters.

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MIRFA71 11/7/2012 12:20AM

    Relieved to hear that the champ is better.. emoticon to him..

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Perspective (Prayers, Please)

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

As much as I get overwhelmed by the craziness in my own life (busy! stressed! time-crunched! unhappy/annoyed sometimes), today I am struck once again by what really matters in life, which puts my relatively minor crap in perspective.

A coworker's family was in a car accident last night. His young son has a head injury. At this point, we don't know any more than that. I'm just hoping and praying for the best. Please, if you are a praying person, would you offer up a prayer for this little boy? He's just 1, with a fractured skull.

  
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JSALERNO 11/7/2012 5:57AM

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MIRFA71 11/7/2012 12:05AM

    emoticon My prayers are with the family. God Bless.

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JUMPINJULIE 11/6/2012 8:58PM

    My prayers go to him and the family. I pray for a speedy recovery

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SEPTEMBERSPIRIT 11/6/2012 8:45PM

    My prayers go out to the little guy ...

PS - when you post a comment on your own blog people don't see it unless they go back to read your blog so you best post a blog to give the update : )

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JODROX 11/6/2012 5:25PM

    Good news!! Their little guy has been moved out of ICU and is showing good signs. They'll have a tough job now -- keeping him relatively inactive for 6 weeks while his skull heals. Can you imagine? Thank you all so much for your prayers!!

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PURPLE180 11/6/2012 5:21PM

    Oh no! I hate to hear this. I will pray for him and the family.

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BLESSED2BEME 11/6/2012 4:56PM

    Oh no! Very tough on the family I am sure. Yes, will add him to my prayers.

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AUTUMNBRZ 11/6/2012 4:27PM

    Oh no :( thoughts and prayers being sent their way

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AUDISP 11/6/2012 4:24PM

    Prayers for God's grace, presence and will to be with the family.


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My Day of Delusional Thinness

Sunday, November 04, 2012

Today I went shopping for, among other things, knee-high black boots. I tried a bunch of different stores and wasn't having any luck. Either the fit wasn't quite right or the price was too high. In the last store I tried, I had a super helpful salesclerk. She gave me fashion advice and brought me different boots that I had overlooked.

I told her what I had in mind. She looked at the boots I tried on and said they were way too roomy in the calf. She said, and I quote, "You have really thin calves." She hustled to the backroom to find something slimmer in the calves while I sat there, marveling that anyone had called me thin ANYWHERE. Me? Thin calves? ME? Is it possible that I'm... THIN?!?!?!?!

While I basked in the glory of potential real-time thinness, I overheard my helpful sales associate consult with another associate. She said, and I paraphrase here: "Can you help me? She's trying to find boots, but we need something really narrow in the calf."

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I'm sorry, but this is killing me. I don't have thin anything. Except, okay, truth be told, I have abnormally bony-looking ankles.

So I'm sitting there contemplating how thin my calves are (who knew?!) when ever-so-slowly a thought enters my mind. What else could explain these abnormally small calves?

I'd rather tell a story that is just that -- oooh, lucky thin-calved me. All my hard work paid off and now I'm thin! Woohoo! But no... It doesn't work out that way. Not yet. (Someday I will tell a "Woohoo! I'm Thin!" story.)

The revelation hit me. What else could explain why all these boots are gaping around my calves? Something to do with the proportion..... Oh yeah! My ginormous feet! OH YEAH! I have a bit of a complex about my ginormous feet, which are by all accounts waaaaaaaaaaaaaaay too long in proportion to my height. So naturally all these boot makers assume that if you have ginormous feet, you must be a tall woman with the larger proportions to fit that BIG FOOT. No, not me. Just big feet, average height.

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WILLOWBROOK5 11/19/2012 11:24AM

    Very funny! And I say that as someone with big feet and "strong" calves. emoticon

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SADWHITEWOLF 11/19/2012 10:30AM

    I have an opposite issue. My feet and ankles are really tiny compared to my body. If I try to get boots, they often are too tight at the calf. Especially now that my calf muscles are getting built up by the exercise!

Still funny, enjoy those moments, Being called thin-anything is priceless and rewarding!

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BLESSED2BEME 11/6/2012 10:19AM

    I have small feet and huge calves. Wish I was the other way around like you! Funny story:)

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JUMPINJULIE 11/5/2012 8:58PM

    LoL out loud. But you will have your woohoo thin story to tell. emoticon

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CUBBYMAMMA 11/5/2012 2:40PM

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great story!!

sounds like some sexy mamma boots to me!!

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MIRFA71 11/5/2012 12:19PM

    emoticon Thin Calves... I can just dream about them.. Best wishes..

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MAUREENIE1 11/5/2012 10:51AM

    I would love thin calves. I have the opposite problem. I can't get boots to fit me because my calves are big compared to my size 6 feet. If I do find boots, my husband has to help me do them up with a crowbar. I guess we all have our imperfections and that is what makes us human. Thanks for sharing!

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MEXGAL1 11/5/2012 10:06AM

    Fun!
Have a terrific week with those thin calves!

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FUN2BAROUND 11/5/2012 9:25AM

    Good for you - and you really might have slimmed down in your calves - have you measured? My legs are thin, and it is a miracle they can hold all this weight! :) Have a great day and enjoy one of the rarer problems in this life!!

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KNYAGENYA 11/5/2012 8:31AM

    Congrats on your thin calves!

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DSSECRETS 11/5/2012 7:48AM

    It's so easy to dismiss the good comments. I say embrace the thin calves and ankles! Revel in that and enjoy your day!
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BEECHNUT13 11/5/2012 7:30AM

    I have big feet, too. And small calves. But my butt is chunky!

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JSALERNO 11/5/2012 6:04AM

    I HAVE BIG CALVES. WHEN I WENT TO THE GYM YEARS AGO TO WORK WITH A PERSONAL TRAINER I WAS TOLD I HAD NICE FIRM CALVES.

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SEPTEMBERSPIRIT 11/5/2012 4:21AM

    Love the story : )

I have big calves - and could only wish to fit in high boots like you were looking for.

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ROSALIEESTHER 11/4/2012 10:32PM

    I'm betting all that running IS making a big difference on your thinness. Let it in! Those salespeople see all types. She just might have been telling the truth about those skinny calves of yours.

Congratulations!

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