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Sunday, August 26, 2012

Three weeks ago I sat down and wrote a really awesome, well-thought out (and I like to think inspirational) blog. I then spent a week successfully navigating my mission with fantastic results.

Sunday two weeks ago - I crashed. Total engine failure. Mechanical in nature. I was reaching down to pull up my big girl pants that morning and my back decided to go on strike. I felt a hideous pain in my lower spine and held myself up on the bathroom counter as my legs took a quick coffee break. Reserve forces were scrambled as I headed for maintenance on the living room floor.

I spent the following week working half my scheduled hours, icing and heating, and trying to convince my ground crew that they really are capable of things like emptying and filling the dishwasher and watering the cats. The mechanic called it a strained muscle. Mucho ibuprofen. Muscle relaxer at bedtime. Rest.

Rest? Never mind that whole single mom, full time employee, full time student with a research proposal to finish by the end of the month thing. What is this mystical rest of which you speak?

A week ago, the pain had wandered its way to the right side of my lower back and spread to my hip (you might remember said hip from many fabulous blogs 2 years ago). Along with the hip flare-up came radiating pain down my leg which really no positioning makes more comfortable. What fun! Mechanic says strained back and hip muscle. Mucho ibuprofen. Muscle relaxer at bedtime. Physical therapy. Rest.

In the mean time, my mission was grounded. Called on account of rain. Loss of funding. As I wallowed in self-pity I medicated with Doritos and Diet Pepsi. Taco Bell. Chocolate bars. Sloth. No, not cooked fuzzy sloth, the kind that finds you laying in front of the tv at every possible opportunity.

But as the scale begins to laugh at me again, my chins shift unnaturally, and my equator grows ever wider, I realize the need to re-commit myself to the mission statements I made three weeks ago. Counting calories hurts no more than not counting them. I have my mechanic's permission to take easy test flights, though no Leslie right now.

So as the Spark goal calendar ticks over to a new week, so, too, do I. Let's go strafe the tower.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

ENUFF81020 9/1/2012 1:50PM

    Are you past count down by now... That weight loss sure makes it seem so. I'm here to cheer you on as I muddle through my own issues. I will lose this 30 pounds by the time I need to have this hip replaced. I have decided to not schedule it until I have made it. Losing this weight is that important.
I haven't had time to check in on any of my spark friends' pages, so I didn't realize that you had been grounded because it is the most dangerous time in a healthy eating plan. Please look after yourself and swap out those doritos for cruncy veggies and that diet pepsi for water and chocolate bars for skinny cow ice cream or other equally safe treats. (I am loving the new Fiber One 90 calorie brownies. Even if I splurge to two of them, I stay well within my range.

Take care, my friend and partner!!
Gentle hugs,

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DAISYBELL6 8/26/2012 7:06PM

    Ouch! Hope you are getting better

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With a little help...

Friday, August 10, 2012

My friend Hope and I followed each other to 7-11 at lunchtime. I was telling her that even though I had had all my allotted soda for a week, I was going to have some today because I'd been good and I wanted to dangit! She told me, "no excuses!" And I told her I didn't care. But she did make me pause and think as I went through the Taco Bell drive thru. And actually, water sounded pretty darn good! Thanks for making me pause, Hope :)

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ENUFF81020 8/26/2012 10:17AM

    Way to go--and congrats on having such a good friend, one who understands your goals enough to make you think about them and stick with it is a wonderful friend and a special gift.
Speaking of, I have been so tied up with beginning of school that I haven't done much sparking. 2weeks ago, I lost 2.2 pounds but this week, I gained .4. That still puts me at a net loss of 2.6 since I/we started 3 weeks ago. I am happy with that. My reason for the small gain this week is pretty dumb too. I haven't been eating enough. I get so busy at work and at home that I don't eat enough and then I have a gain when it makes no sense at all. I know that this is all about taking care of myself and when I don't eat enough, I haven't done my job. My new schedule has so many kids on it that I go all day without a prep or a lunch time. I fix something to eat midday while I am teaching, but it isn't the same as having time away fromt he kids to really eat.
Yesterday was our birthday party for Mitchell--and yes, I did have pizza again, but it left me too full for cake or ice cream. I figured that after the week I had for eating that a bit of a splurge would be good for my body. It needs to know that it won't starve, lol. I know that, but apparently my body isn't connected to my brain.
Today is for me andmy family--not work. That is typically my school routine with Sunday being "sacred" and not about my job. I hope that the rain lets up and that we all can enjoy thi day.
Enjoy your Sunday as well--when you have a free minute, let me know how things are going. Together, we shall make it to our goals.
Gentle hugs,

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YOBOELI 8/10/2012 10:19PM

    That is great to have someone that makes you rethink what is the best

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SLUNDQUIS 8/10/2012 10:17PM

    It's a change from your life way, I'll bet it felt great. Way to Go!

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Lesson learned

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

I'm making a slight edit to my plan. I had chosen 36 oz of soda per week accounting for 3 12oz cans. Thing is, I normally drink my soda in 20oz bottles! So I can have 40oz a week, which is soda twice. I still think this is a very reasonable, yet attainable.

I've managed to fit in my beloved Doritos the past two days without going over my calories - yay me!!!


A "relaxing" Sunday

Sunday, August 05, 2012

Relaxing only because the only thing that HAD to get done was grocery shopping. But I got quite a few things marked off my to do list, exercised, took the kids swimming, and started setting up a dedicated work station for my claying.

So far my mission is going good, today was an excellent day.

Only goal I haven't met yet this weekend and might before the kids go to bed is to finish and essay for one of two classes I have to finish by the end of the month. I HATE essays!!!

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ENUFF81020 8/5/2012 10:13PM

    Hi there,

I'm not sure why this doesn't quite sound relaxing to me--ha ha. I went with my son and husband to the pool and we stayed for almost 3 hours. It was the coolest day that I have had at the pool because there was a breeze--but this week is supposed to be down in the 80s for the first time around here in quite a while.

Try and enjoy the essays--Aren't you getting close to wrapping things up? We went back to school last /wednesday and this is kind of my wild time. Lots to do and everyone pulling me every which way!! Relaxing is a great thing...
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Gentle hugs,

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1, 2, 3, 4, I declare a fat war...

Friday, August 03, 2012

The Afterburners came and spoke to our company this past week. It's a group of fighter pilots who talk about successful mission/goal planning. They presented Six Steps to Mission Planning, so wheels up my friends!

1) Determine the Mission Objective
Weigh 200 lbs or less by July 4, 2013.

2) Identify the Threats
Internal & Controllable: Laziness, lack of motivation, boredom
Internal & Uncontrollable: Cravings, hormones, physical issues (SI)
External & Controllable: Availability and convenience of fast & junk food, time constraints, money constraints
External & Uncontrollable: Business lunches/treats, being somewhere without healthy options

3) Identify Your Available and Required Resources
Achieve Mission: Spark, Phillip, blogging, planning meals, exercise tapes
Mitigate Threats: Phillip, planning ahead of time

4) Evaluate Lessons Learned
I will become bored with a program. But if it works and I push through the boredom, the motivation will eventually return. I CAN do this.

5) Develop a Course of Action
Meet calorie requirements 5/7 days per week.
Meet calorie burning requirements every week.
Unhealthy fast food no more than one meal per week.
36oz of diet soda or less per week.
At least 8 hours of sleep 5/7 days per week.
Blog 3x per week.
Debrief each weekend.

6) Plan for contingencies.
Know when to say no.
Call on my resources when needed.
Have healthy snacks available.
Leave enough calories for an after dinner snack.
Everyone is given 24 hours. Use them wisely.

Let's roll.

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ENUFF81020 8/5/2012 10:27PM

    Wow Wow Woweewow!!
This is a great plan that you have in place--I love the way you have addressed your personal pitfalls.
I have rejoined Weight Watchers this week so I can physically be held accountable for my plan I need to lose 30 more pounds before I have my hip replacement and I have to do things NOW. I may come back and snatch your formula here--It sure seems to have all of the I's dotted and T's crossed.
I'll be watching to see how you are doing, my friend!!
Gentle hugs,

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DAISYBELL6 8/5/2012 8:22PM

    Glad to see you back! You did it before, you can do it now! emoticon

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  Awesome, you can do it!

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MANDY22Q 8/3/2012 11:43PM

    love it

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RJNICHOLS 8/3/2012 11:22PM

    Great plan.

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