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100-Day Challenge: Yeah, Baby! I Did It!

Sunday, September 29, 2013

I challenged myself to A) not drink alcohol at all for 100 days and B) during those same 100 days, run 100 miles. Oh there was some minor thing about finally losing the last bit of weight that I'd like to lose, but let's just forget about that for a moment and focus on the fact that I did, in fact, achieve both A and B!

Can I get a WOOHOO from the crowd?

First let me say that I'm a monumentally stubborn person when it comes to stuff like this. When I decided to do the 100-day no-drinking challenge, there was no looking back, no gee I'd really like one now, no minuscule consideration that maybe I could have one. No. No means no.

I attended quite a few events and gatherings where others were drinking, and normally I would have had one too. I had to endure the questions and the peer pressure. Questions, I understand. Friends are used to seeing me drink, so they wonder why I'm not (good story about this later). But why would you pressure someone to drink? My God, I'm middle-aged. Haven't we outgrown such stupidity? "Come on, just one, it won't hurt you....." Yeah, I know, and I don't care what you think, and I'M HAVING FUN WITHOUT IT SO SHUT UP!!

Pardon me. I don't have much patience for grown people getting all "Let's get drunk!" about drinking. Really, I hate that. I enjoy having a drink or two, but I find it the height of immaturity to blast about acting like YEY GETTING DRUNK IS THE BEST THING EVER! LET'S HAVE MORE AND MORE AND MORE!!! Especially when there are kids around. What kind of role model is that?!?!?!

Ok, pardon me, I got a bit off on a rant there.

So, I completed my 100-day no-drinking challenge easy-peasy. I knew I'd drink again someday, in moderation. But it was pretty cool to prove to myself that I can achieve goals I set my mind to.

The day after my 100-day streak was over, I thought I just might have a beer. It happens to be a HUUUUUUUUUUUUUGE drinking week in my neck of the woods. One of those over-the-top, people-drinking-at-9:00am kind of affairs. Not me, mind you. I never got into that. But. My son was marching in the parade, so we went to that. 10:00 a.m. people are sitting along the parade route drinking beer. Yes, that's the culture around here. Ugh. The parade was awesome, and then we went out to lunch and ran some errands. Then we went out for supper. I thought I might order a beer, but honestly I wasn't feeling 100% great, so a beer didn't sound too good. I did have a couple sips of my husband's though. So... the streak is OVER. As I write this, I am enjoying a Michelob Ultra Light. It tastes good.

The 100 miles proved more difficult. I never really did the math until closer to the end, to see how much I needed to run, how often, to meet the goal. Plus, I had a couple breaks from running early on. And even when I started running regularly again, I was struggling with endurance, so the miles were adding up slooooooowly. As I got nearer the end of 100 days, maybe around 70-80 days, I realized this was going to be close, and I figured out a better plan. Then I had another unplanned day off from running, which made my final week's runs quite long, for me. But in the end, I made sure I got my miles in! On day 100, I got my total up to 100.39, and I'm pretty proud of myself for sticking with it!

Stamina, lethargy, I dunno. I just seemed to be going through a slump. I ended up dropping my pace and adding more walking breaks. I don't want to hate it, and I was not enjoying it much. So I pushed through 100 days of not my best running ever, and now it feels like I am making small improvements. It's getting ever-so-slightly better.

And now I have a new plan. Well, not a fully formed plan, but some rough ideas. I'm going to cut back on running. Instead of running around 3 miles 3 days a week, I'm going to aim for 2 runs a week, a 2-mile and a 3-mile. And instead focus more on weight-training and yoga. I know that I am weak. I need to build up some muscle. That's my tentative plan going forward in October.

I decided to give myself a few days off from obsessive tracking and goal thoughts between my 100-day challenge (Sept 28) and start of October. It's nice taking some time to think what's been working and not working and what should I try next.

So... about the weight-loss goal. Not so much. I gained 5 pounds. Actually more than that, but I lost some of it. I just haven't been so great at keeping my calories in check. That's the only thing I can figure, because I have been exercising pretty regularly -- cardio. Not the toning. I know I need to get back to toning/weight-training AND keeping my calories in range. WHY must I love food so much? WHY?!?!?!

Here's the funny story I promised. We went to a wedding, and at the reception, there was a young man that I didn't know sitting on my right at the dinner table. He looked maybe 25. I teased him about ordering another beer when he already had a half-full bottle in front of him. We were just joking around. Then he asked why I wasn't drinking, and I said, "I'm pregnant." OMG. First, my son, on my left, was laughing so hard, he was just about crying. And this young man on my right looked at my stomach and then up at my face, speechless. Finally he said, "It's a lose-lose for me!" It was all-around a strange encounter. Later in the evening, he was flirting with me, with my teen-aged son sitting right there, and I'm guessing I was old enough to be his MOTHER. Dude, what are you THINKING?!?!

Anyhoo, that's the story of my life and my 100-day challenge. Now onto the next amazing thing!

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CAPECODBABE 11/9/2013 10:25AM

    You did great!!! Somehow I missed this blog when it first came out.
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CLRWILLIAMS25 9/30/2013 8:17AM

    Congratulations for sticking to your goal and completing your 100 day challenge!

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JUST_BRENDA 9/30/2013 8:07AM

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Congrats! Those are huge accomplishments! I could do neither...

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KNYAGENYA 9/30/2013 6:56AM

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IAMBIZI 9/30/2013 12:02AM

    OMG!!!
YOu are fabulous!
well done!
congratulations are definately in order on both accounts!
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MOMJULIEC 9/29/2013 11:13PM

    Yay, you!

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MELISSIMAUS 9/29/2013 11:02PM

    That story made me laugh out loud.

I gotta admit, the 100 miles is seriously impressive. Not that the 100 days is anything to sneeze at! Awesome on both counts.

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FRENCHSEAMS 9/29/2013 10:28PM

    And the crowd roars!!!!!

WOOHOO

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JACKIE542 9/29/2013 10:19PM

    Wow, you did really well on your challenge, so you put your mind to do something and you do it, really great. emoticon emoticon emoticon !!!!!
You got 100 miles too!! Really, really great!!
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MBTEPP 9/29/2013 9:52PM

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You are an inspiration! I gave up over-drinking decades ago, and family still thinks I am missing out. Not me, but the family sure looks silly at times. No worries, I have health and zero weight issues. The 100 miles is even more impressive. Your wedding tale is a hoot! Keep it up!




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Dumping the Diet Dew... Again

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

I'm knee deep back into an old habit -- Diet Mountain Dew. And I'm noticing health issues to go along with it. So today I'm scaling back again, maybe not cold turkey, but only one can. Old habits die hard.

  
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BUNNYCATS 10/27/2013 3:22PM

    I kicked it to the curb. I am really into tea and herb tea with stevia now. Especially, Sleepy Time, Red Zinger, Chai, green and black tea. And of course water, and occasional coffee. emoticon emoticon

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IAMBIZI 9/2/2013 4:15PM

    It has been awhile since I drank a pop.Since I quit drinking alcohol I have been drinking more coffee and water sweetened with stevia. helps with cravings.
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good luck to you!

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KNYAGENYA 7/24/2013 11:48AM

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CAPECODBABE 7/24/2013 8:57AM

    I kicked the diet soda years back. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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OLIVIANIGHT 7/24/2013 8:40AM

    You can do it : )

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KALIGIRL 7/24/2013 8:16AM

    Old habits dew indeed die hard - here's to emoticon

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BEBOP4ME 7/24/2013 8:15AM

    I hear you! I haven't been able to dump the diet cola!

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MIRAGE727 7/24/2013 8:12AM

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One of the best things I did was finally kick the habit. The Dew is the devil drink of nerds....yes, I'm a nerd!
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Crap

Sunday, July 21, 2013

I've been feeling like crap all day.

Up at 5:30. Back to bed at 6:30. Up at 10:00!

And this is where I probably went wrong. Coffee. Coffee. Coffee. I do this sometimes. Overdo it on the coffee, and then compensate with water and a healthy meal to calm my stomach down. Only today it didn't work.

I went grocery shopping and felt queasy and spacey the whole time. I came home and lay down on the couch.

In hindsight, the coffee and pretty much carb-only diet today were probably the culprits. And maybe allergies. My head is all plugged up.

Lately it seems like I can't get enough sleep. Even when I get a good night of sleep, I'm yawning and tired. I should probably start taking iron again.

Ok, pardon my venting. I'll try to be more chipper in my next post!

  
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GLC2009 7/22/2013 5:41PM

    how can you not read a blog simply titled "crap"....hope your crap ends soon emoticon

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KNYAGENYA 7/22/2013 2:01PM

    I hope you feel better and your day improves.

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OLIVIANIGHT 7/22/2013 6:17AM

    Maybe the heat is affecting your sleep? I'm certainly having issues with that. But hopefully today will be a MUCH better day for you : )

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CAROL_31649731 7/21/2013 9:13PM

    Sounds like tomorrow (& the next day & the next day) HAS to be better. . . . and chances are you will snap out of your funk. Carry on, my friend . . . positive thinking, right!

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BEECHNUT13 7/21/2013 8:48PM

    We all have crap days. Vent away!

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JUST_BRENDA 7/21/2013 7:57PM

    I hope you feel better soon.

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JACKIE542 7/21/2013 6:49PM

    Hope you feel better soon. emoticon

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CAPECODBABE 7/21/2013 6:30PM

    Love the name of your blog.
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FRENCHSEAMS 7/21/2013 6:28PM

    Well, it's not normal or particularly healthy to be chipper ALL the interesting. Some rest will probably do you some good. Here's to better eating tomorrow.

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Post-Vaca Adjustment to Real Life

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Oh my! Getting up for work and actually working have been quite the adjustment this week. Funny how I woke up at 5:00 on vacation, with no alarm, and suddenly this week waking up to my alarm at 6:00 felt way too early! Why is that?!

I'm back to work, back to running, and back to trying to eat better. It's going pretty well. I'm down 3 pounds already.

I was inspired by my aunt on vacation to make better meals at home this week too. I actually planned ahead last weekend and did my shopping. We had good meals every night! I've always loved cooking and baking, but I think when I got into running, I quit making nicer meals. My husband cooks too, so I give him a lot of credit. Plus our kids are so busy - we often just don't have time for a meal that takes much prep. But it's so important to take that time together. So I'm going to really try to keep this going, as much as our schedules allow -- and still keep up with my running schedule. I CAN DO THIS!
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KALIGIRL 7/22/2013 9:06AM

    Here's to better meals!

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    emoticon emoticon emoticon on the 3 pound loss!!!

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FRENCHSEAMS 7/20/2013 1:45PM

    It is hard to do everything, yes, you can run, yes you can cook from scratch, yes you can have family time but they all sort of eat into each other's time. What a juggle.

I did find that Dawn Jackson Blanter's flex tartan books are good for quick healthy meals.

http://dawnjacksonblatner.c
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They are really meals for people who don't cook but are quite tasty.

Good luck! You're doing great.

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JACKIE542 7/20/2013 12:26PM

    Congrats on your weight loss. I agree with knyagenya, I use my slow cooker all the time. emoticon

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KNYAGENYA 7/20/2013 12:05PM

    Don't forget the magic of the slow cooker. It is a gem that I use on days that are going to be either long or hectic.

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Texas!

Monday, July 15, 2013

We've been to Texas and back, and have the stories (and extra pounds) to show for it.

Here's a quick run-down of everything we did:

* JFK museum
* Dallas Museum of Art
* Nasher museum
* Dallas Cowboys Stadium
* Billy Bob's
* Shopped
* Worked out
* Swam
* ATE... lots and lots and lots of really good food

I loved every minute of it! Even better than all of the activities listed above was gabbing and laughing with family. We stayed with my aunt and uncle, and I just loved spending time with them. They've traveled all over the world, so they have amazing stories from all their travels.

I was so proud of my boys for hauling out their good manners for the week. So often when we're home and have guests over, they'll scatter and do their own thing. But while visiting my aunt and uncle, they stuck around and joined in the conversation.

Even the long drive in the car was fun. When they weren't sleeping, we talked and listened to good music and an audio book. This was like tonic for a sometimes rocky mom-teenager relationship.

We also got to see my husband's brother in Iowa and a dear friend of ours who lives in Kansas City. Such a treat to catch up with them too!

As for the fitness side of things... well... I ran once! And I ate everything that was offered to me. My aunt is a really exceptional cook. Everything she made was fabulous. And we went out to eat a bunch of times and had really excellent food out too (Tex-Mex, seafood, Italian, oh my!). So, yes, indeedy, I gained 5 pounds in a week and am back to tracking and everything now.

If you happen to be in the Kansas City area, do check out Oklahoma Joe's for the best BBQ. My mouth is watering just remembering it! Also, we had the most amazing fish tacos at Fish City Grill in Dallas. I think they are in multiple cities in the south. It's worth a trip, yum, yum, yum. I can't remember the names of the other restaurants where we ate, but I wanted to pass along those two recommendations.

Happy trails!
J~

  
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FRENCHSEAMS 7/17/2013 9:13AM

    One of the nest things about traveling is all the different food. Sounds like you had a terrific time and you did it AF! emoticon

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AHAPPYLIFE 7/15/2013 10:04PM

    Great - now I'm hungry to travel! LOL, sounds like you had a wonderful time - aren't those just the best vacations!!

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CAROL_31649731 7/15/2013 9:44PM

    Your blog made makes me hungry--everything sounds so delicious (no wonder you gained a few pounds)! Thanks goodness the frig is closed at my house. emoticon

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KNYAGENYA 7/15/2013 1:14PM

    I'm so happy to hear that you had such a nice trip.

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JACKIE542 7/15/2013 10:50AM

    What a wonderful vacation, you were busy and had a great time, that's what they are for, right? Glad to see you back. emoticon emoticon

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CLRWILLIAMS25 7/15/2013 9:24AM

    sounds like you had a great trip. You'll be back to your normal weight in no time. Everything really is bigger in Texas. I gained a few pounds each time I flew out there for work emoticon

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SEPTEMBERSPIRIT 7/15/2013 8:34AM

    Glad to hear you enjoyed your time away!! Welcome back!!

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CAPECODBABE 7/15/2013 8:21AM

    Sounds like a great time! Always nice to laugh with family!!!

I love BBQ, but have never tries fish tacos.

Welcome back

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KALIGIRL 7/15/2013 8:21AM

    Sounds emoticon So glad you enjoyed!

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