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Success on Day 2

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

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Yesterday was Day 2 of being back on track. I managed to stay UNDER my calorie limit and squeezed in another 40-minute walk.

There's nothing like seeing those numbers creep up on the scale to get this gal back on track again! Honestly I think I was becoming cocky about my ability to eat over my limit and still keep the weight off. Ha! That worked okay for a while, but combine day after day of eating too much along with slacking off in the exercise department over the past month due to illness and then strained muscle... it's a recipe for disaster! (Pardon the melodrama... we are only talking about WEIGHT here, folks!)

I think it's helpful to reflect back on "why did I fall off the wagon." It helps to know why we do these things so we can prevent it the next time.

My stomach pain is gradually improving. I actually have a more free evening tonight, so maybe I will attempt a light jog -- or at least a longer walk.

Have a fantastic day, all you Sparkers out there in Spark Land!

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BROOKLYN_BORN 5/9/2013 9:21AM

    You're smart to keep an eye on that scale before things get out of hand. As we know, avoiding reality has some bad consequences. Hang in there!

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JUSTYNA7 5/9/2013 8:43AM

    Hey, glad you are adding up the points/minutes. Every choice makes a difference. Thanks for stopping in to my SP page. I am enjoying my competitive streak wanting to beat last week's exercise minutes. Nice weather and walking is really helping that. Once I can get myself outside to garden I'm fine. It is the starting that is hard!

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GRANDEFILLE 5/8/2013 12:37PM

    Good for you! congratulations! nothing like seeing the weight go up to kick one back on track!

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CAPECODBABE 5/8/2013 9:55AM

    emoticon Did you ever figure out why?

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KNYAGENYA 5/8/2013 9:21AM

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1935MARY 5/8/2013 9:01AM

    Glad you are back on track. I think you will have great results. You keep sparking my friend. Have a great day.

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JOHNMARTINMILES 5/8/2013 8:58AM

    Little changes bring big results. Unfortunately that is true for bad changes as well as good ones. Get back on track and proceed in the right direction and by the way

Make Today a Great Day!

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A Mini Update

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

I'm operating on the assumption that my stomach pain is a badly torn muscle. So I'm doing everything I can to not use the muscle and let it heal. It seems a little better, but it's hard to tell, since I'm not testing it out yet!
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Yesterday was Day 1 of better eating. I did okay, actually went just a little over in calories. I was hungry, of course. I made sure to drink a lot of water. I think that makes all the difference.

I squeezed in two short walks, for a total of about 40 minutes. It was a full day, so that was about all I could do.

Last but not least, I was in bed by 9:30! Getting enough sleep is so important for me -- for everyone! If I don't get enough sleep, getting through the workday is so difficult and then I'm less likely to work out after work.

So, all in all it was a pretty successful day. On to Day 2!

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RESPONSIBLE4ME 5/8/2013 7:37AM

    Great job!! Everyday is a new day and a new chance for success! emoticon

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KNYAGENYA 5/7/2013 10:19AM

    Good for you. I hope you get better soon.

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KALIGIRL 5/7/2013 8:58AM

    Excellent start!

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DTCATSPARK 5/7/2013 8:12AM

    A plan in pictures.... perfect!

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No Excuses

Sunday, May 05, 2013

Holy. I have fallen off the wagon again. I haven't really tracked food for a week and also have not exercised for a week. What's up with that?! Well, hm, let me run through my rolodex of excuses. Or not. We can always come up with excuses, right? But we also know how to stick with it when the going gets rough, so...... NO EXCUSES.

I am ready, willing, and able to get back track. Starting now. No excuses.

One of my better excuses at the moment is that I have some kind of weird, severe stomach pain going on. I'm not sure if I'm perhaps being a hypochondriac or what. It seems like it must be muscle related because it really hurts if I do something that requires use of my abdominal muscles -- even laughing or blowing my nose. Extremely painful. It doesn't feel like any muscle soreness I've ever known, and there was no specific thing I did that strained it, that I can think of. Since that's bothering me, I can't run. But -- NO EXCUSES -- I am going for a good, long walk today. I know I can handle that because I just took my dog for a short walk.

if you have any ideas about this stomach issue, I would love to hear from you! I searched online and couldn't come up with much. The hypochondriac in me is thinking HERNIA. emoticon

Aside from that, I've been busier than usual at work and just eating too much in general... I don't even know why. I think when I'm not in that running/training mode, it's harder for me to keep eating right.

So. Back on track. Now. No excuses. Did you hear me? NO EXCUSES.

Fitness Quest Aside --- I'm having fun shopping for some new outdoor furniture. We need new furniture for our new deck AND for the renovated sunporch. I'm trying to figure out a) what will look awesome b) what will FIT and c) what we can afford. All the stars need to align to make this work, you see. I want to get nice stuff that will hold up forever and ever but doesn't cost a fortune. Does such a thing exist? I found some Braxton Culler pieces that I'm seriously considering. They do not come cheap though.

Ok, gotta go. I will walk now before something else distracts me!!

  
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KNYAGENYA 5/6/2013 7:52AM

    Good luck!

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KALIGIRL 5/5/2013 5:34PM

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RESPONSIBLE4ME 5/5/2013 3:32PM

    Good for you for getting back on track! As for the stomach pain, if it's strong enough to prevent you for running and it hasn't gone away- maybe it's time to visit your doctor?

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Impromptu 5K

Saturday, April 27, 2013

I signed up for two 5Ks this month and ended up missing one because I was sick. The other one was last night, and I wasn't entirely sure I would do that one either mainly because I hadn't been training all that much, because I had been sick. My sister had also signed up but then wasn't going to do it because they were going to be visiting relatives. At the last minute, their plans changed and she would be running it, so I decided to run it with her.

And when I say "with her," I mean we hung out before and after and stood at the starting line together. She's been training hard and is determined to beat her best time. My only goal was to do the best I could.

I knew the route. I knew about that big hill. I've run it before. It's gradual for maybe a half mile and then steep for a short section. What I didn't know was that we were starting out through another hilly area, and there was another hilly area around 2.5 miles.

It was fun, and it was hard! My sister and I both started out too fast. She was GONE! I saw her sprint ahead and was determined to keep my eye on her. I felt like I was running faster than normal, but I also felt pretty good. Then came the hills. Oh my. Up and down and around the loop. I wasn't even through one song when I had to walk.

I tried to run at a more comfortable pace after that. But I still walked about every half mile. Allergies. Nose running like mad.

I had the best music though. Man, it really pumped me up. Trotting up that last hill, sun setting on the horizon, and Kelly Clarkson belting out "What doesn't kill you makes you stronger!" I thought YEAH! I can do this!!!

I ran to the finish line, and there was my sister cheering me on. WOOHOO! Turns out she finished about 10 minutes before me! We're still not sure if she beat her best time. If not, she was at least very close.

My time was around 36 minutes. Not record-breaking but not too bad considering lack of training, sickness, allergies, and hills!

Next race: one week from today. I hope the weather will be as perfect as it was last night!

  
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BEECHNUT13 4/28/2013 5:59PM

    If you finish, you're a winner!

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Reboot

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Wow.

I started off doing so well this month. Running consistently, eating in my range. I lost 3 pounds that first week, for Pete's sake! And then...

I got sick. No big deal really. It's either a cold or a lovely case of seasonal allergies kicking in. Whatever it is, I knew my 5K was at risk. And so what else do you do when you're feeling too sick to work out? Oh, I don't know, start eating like you're purposefully TRYING to gain weight? Hmmmmmmmmmmmmm. Makes sense. Not.

So after a week of this, I'm back up 2 pounds. The race is today and I'm not running it.

I'm actually bored with my own laziness. A whole week of overeating and watching a lot of TV. Ugh. Enough already. I'm ready to get back on track. I need to get moving again.

So there's my little update. April so far has been a wash. One great week and one crappy week. Reboot!

  
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JUMPINJULIE 4/15/2013 8:58PM

    I hear you on the lazy department i'm kind of going through that right now too. I hope you feel better soon. emoticon emoticon

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MAGGIE101857 4/14/2013 7:33AM

    Mondays are always a good day to start fresh! Use today to rest and prepare for the week ahead. emoticon emoticon

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BROOKLYN_BORN 4/14/2013 7:30AM

    I hope you're feeling better. I sympathize with the eating while sick. I always need something to go with my tea or with the meds. It always shows up in the end (usually my REAR end)

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LEANNAW4 4/13/2013 3:23PM

    I know how you feel! But don't despair! Two pounds is nothing and you'll lose that quickly once you start moving again.

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MEXGAL1 4/13/2013 10:16AM

    feel better.
Have a good week end.

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JSALERNO 4/13/2013 9:45AM

    I know what you mean. Allergy colds are the worst.

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BEECHNUT13 4/13/2013 9:01AM

    Aw... Next time, don't give up on yourself! The two pounds you gained isn't fat anyway - probably mostly bloat. And you probably would have done ok at the race anyway... sometimes being around everyone else is just what you need to pick yourself up again. You can do it, JODROX! :-D

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