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How to burn nearly 4,000 calories in a single day....

Sunday, July 01, 2012

Install a patio. Yep. That'll do it! What an exhausting day we had yesterday! Hubby and I spent Friday hauling 25# bricks from the front to the back yard and put in a planting bed. That was pretty tiring (and burned a good 2,000 alone!)

But yesterday we woke up early, and started on the patio. We had already removed the sod, but yesterday was about leveling, laying the layers down, and hauling 111 concrete pavers to the back yard (from where they were delivered in the front). EXHAUSTING! I did most of the hauling myself while hubby took care of a sprinkler repair and some other issues. Talk about strength training! Those suckers are heavy! Anyway.... it took several hours.

Then off to the store to buy a tree and flowers for the planter, and back home for gardening. Last night I entered everything into Sparkpeople and I'd burned a crazy number of calories! About 6,000 calories burned in two days of work.

And something interesting to note... We took our daughter to a little pizza/arcade place. I took my low cal ranch dressing, as normal, and started with salad. I had a HUGE bank of calories I could eat, and gave myself "permission" to splurge. But I didn't. I ate my salad, a bunch of steamed veggies from the salad area, and two SMALL pieces of pizza. I was done. No desire for more.

Last night we went to IHOP for dinner (no way I was cooking after all that!). I had the calories to order whatever I wanted, really. I'd eaten little during the day. But only the healthier items appealed to me. I didn't want the crummy feeling that eating bad brings. Instead, I ordered the simple & fit chicken with balsamic glaze (DELICIOUS, by the way) with broccoli and salad for under 500 calories. Feels good to be making good choices because it's the food I WANT rather than forcing it upon myself.

New planter, tree, and flowers.

Patio! Please ignore the mess in the background... we had to keep our 3 yr old entertained while we worked. ;)

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

JENNIFER_67 7/2/2012 7:39AM

    Great work all the way around! I love the planter.

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CCASKEY37 7/2/2012 7:35AM

    Well done. Also, doesn't it feel good to finish eating and find out you were satisfied with the healthier choice and it was what you were craving all along?

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LESLIELENORE 7/1/2012 7:55PM

    Beautiful job!

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CTUPTON 7/1/2012 10:30AM

    Beautiful! You saved money by doing it yourselves, got fit, and now have a beautiful place to relax. I love IHOP by the way! Chris

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EOWYN2424 7/1/2012 9:47AM

    Nice work!!!! (both the exercise, wise choices of food and patio of course)

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KATIEGARCIA 7/1/2012 9:33AM

    Wow that looks great!!

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AASVSU 7/1/2012 9:27AM

    Great Job!

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Taking a moment to tell myself .... "Well Done!"

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Today I had my monthly measurements with my trainer. And while they certainly showed progress from last month, I felt like it was time to take a "snapshot" of how far I've come.

Since Jan 3, 2012, I have lost 5.5" from my waist, 12.5" from my hips, 4.25" from each upper arm, and 5.25" from each thigh. I have 2 more pounds until I reach 50# GONE! *****happy dance****

I still have a long way to go. But this proves I can do it. After a week and a half of dealing with medical issues and not hitting the gym much, I'm back 100%. Yesterday was a solid workout.

Today was a solid workout. Followed by 25 minutes of circuit training with my trainer. I'm exhausted. But proud. I am doing this. I can keep doing this. In fact.... with those measurements, the phrase rattling around in my head is "Rock on, lady! Rock on!"

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OBIESMOM2 6/27/2012 9:12AM

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ANNABELL598 6/26/2012 9:24PM

    Great job!!! Wishing you continued success on your journey! emoticon

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2BFREE2LIVE 6/26/2012 9:22PM

    That's right "YOU ROCK" way to go, your are going to reach goal for sure. I am so proud of you. Keep on ROCKING IT!!

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LESLIELENORE 6/26/2012 9:19PM

    emoticon emoticonWay to go!

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Monday, June 25, 2012

I'm actually feeling like myself again! Dental procedure was last Tuesday, with another on Wednesday. Was restricted from cardio until today (concern for blood clot). Hit the gym this morning and got in a full, solid 30 minutes on the Elliptical. I definitely felt the time off. But it was good to be back.

It's also nice to be simply feeling better! I honestly didn't want to move last week... moving hurt. Sitting hurt. Everything hurt. But to be able to move my body, go to work, play with my daughter, eat dinner..... WITHOUT pain! It's wonderful!

This weekend we hit the Renaissance Festival. So much fun. And while going through pictures my hubby took, there were several full body shots... and I didn't delete them all. That's progress. In fact, I think the following picture is the ONLY picture I've kept of myself walking hand in hand with my child. How sad is that? I've deleted those memories out of shame. NO MORE!

I'm at nearly 48# lost... SO close to 50#. Part of me is feeling so proud of myself. So encouraged with my progress. So reassured. The other part of me is quick to remind myself, "not so fast, lady. You still have about 90 pounds to go".

But here are some facts that keep me positive:
* The night I graduated from High School, I wore an outfit that was a size 22. Currently, my 22/24 pants are getting too loose. The 20's I wore last weekend were a bit tight, but at least I didn't have to pull them up every 2 minutes.

* My lowest weight since age 17-18 is 236#. I hit that weight around the time I got married. And at that weight, I was wearing a size 18 top (my wedding dress was an 18). A few of the size 18 tops in my closet are currently too loose, although my weight is a fitter 260#.

* I am currently the weight that my drivers license says. emoticon

Baby girl and I at the festival

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2BFREE2LIVE 6/26/2012 5:44AM

    What a beautiful Mother and Daughter team. You should feel very proud of all you have done to get healthier each day. Think of your journey as being over 35% finished and that is an awesome accomplishment.
You are beautiful and you look so happy, please never avoid the camera again those memories are wonderful to have as you go through the different stages of your life.
I am so happy your feeling better, enjoy the rest of the week. Sandy

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First exercise in a week!

Thursday, June 14, 2012

My dental abscess seems to be improving a bit with the antibiotics, and the horrid sinus headache it has been causing is quite a bit better today. So after a busy morning at work, I came home and asked my daughter if she wanted to go to the park. She's 3, so of course she quickly agreed.

We put on our bike helmets, and rode to the park about 2 blocks away (I rode, she hung out comfortably in the bike trailer). I played with her for a bit, and realized that my pain wasn't worse with the ride. The playground equipment is surrounded by a circular concrete path. I started walking it.... and walking it.... and walking it. I was never more than about 30 feet from my daughter, able to talk to her and watch her the whole time. As she played, I walked. For 25 minutes! It felt wonderful!

As my pain did start to increase a bit, I stopped, asked my daughter to go down the slide once more, and took us home. It wasn't the calorie burn I get on the elliptical. And I didn't ST.... but being active again felt wonderful and lifted my mood.

Tomorrow I'm taking little one to the farmer's market. Looking forward to that!

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2BFREE2LIVE 6/25/2012 1:27AM

    I miss those Farmer Markets at home. We have lots of open air markets but the fruits and veggies are the type from large fields and not home grown type you sure can tell the difference in the taste.
I am glad you and your little one got out of the house for some fresh air and exercise.
Be sure and take it easy until you heal. Wish the weather was more like there but it is very cool here especially for late June. Have a wonderful time at the market tomorrow. Sandy

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In a funk....

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

I have been dealing with some major dental issues this past week. When pain increased last week, I saw my dentist. It wasn't good news. One tooth needed a root canal, which was done the next day. Another tooth was/is badly abscessed. Problem is that it's already been root canaled, and he couldn't access it. He sent me to a specialist who I saw yesterday. Basically, there was a "hidden canal" in the tooth that got missed. They now have to re-do the root canal. However, it's so badly infected that he won't do the procedure until I've been an antibiotics for a week. *sigh*

I don't know if you've had a dental abscess before, but my entire face hurts. And since it's in the upper jaw, it's laying right under my sinus, putting pressure on it. I have had the worst sinus headache possible for about 4 days now. I'm miserable.

Now, my eating has been good. About 1400 cals a day of soft foods (oatmeal, cottage cheese, yogurt, bananas, etc). But I have been pretty sedentary. I hurt even just sitting here. My face throbs with each heartbeat. When my heart rate goes up, the pain increases. So, I have tried to stay quiet and take my pain meds.

And I've gained 2 pounds. I am not a happy girl. I'm hurting and frustrated. But I feel guilty and overwhelmed for not being at the gym.

Abscessed tooth gets root canaled next Tuesday. Praying for some improvement.

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2BFREE2LIVE 6/14/2012 1:08AM

    Sorry your hurting, I know how a problem with dental health can affect the entire body.
Get the dental work over with and then you can get right back on track. It is not true pounds you have gained it is water weight from not being active as you know a pound is made up of 3500 extra calories you have eaten and just being alive uses about 1250 calories per day.
You will be fine just stay on your diet and stay at the lower end of your range.
Feel better soon. Sandy

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OBIESMOM2 6/13/2012 11:45AM

    emoticon (very gentle hugs!)

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KRYSTL719 6/13/2012 11:28AM

    i know many people who inherited horrible genes from their family, and have had dental nightmares you would be thankful for what your going through at the moment, as bad as it is. Im talking about cartoon like scenes where the dentist has his foot on your chest, and trying to remove nothing but roots where the tooth decayed to nothing....

its so much I have witnessed. I know how constricting tooth pain is, I know naproxen/naprosen used to work well for toothaches and headaches for me if that helps.

Best of luck.. emoticon

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CHRIMSONFYRE 6/13/2012 11:26AM

    I hope you are able to get it fixed soon. Teeth pain sucks.
As for the weight gain don't worry too much about it, pain killers do that, once you stop taking em and up your water and such again, it will fall right off.

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