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Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Came home to find BF not home. That means dinner was not ready. I wasn't hungry, so that was ok for a while. Hours later, I made something quickly. Not the most healthy thing, but not the worst (no junk in my house). Feeling guilty for being lazy.

BF is supposed to do all the house stuff because he does not work. I work and go to school. Wind out of my sail - did not feel like studying for my midterm......I hope I don't pay for it tomorrow. That's the thing about choices, even when made knowingly.

I did some strength training, but I always know it's not enough....

Going to bed early. Getting 8 hours sleep would be the smartest thing I've done in hours.

  
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MEGANC1988 5/5/2010 11:07AM

    It may be time to sit down with him and ask him to let you know if he's not going to be home, at least see if he could make something that you can heat up quickly since you're so tired after all your responsibilities.

good luck with your midterm!

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JHADZHIA 5/5/2010 12:54AM

    Being well rested is best for an exam. Last minute late night studying never worked for me. Good luck with it!

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MISSY455 5/4/2010 11:21PM

    Sometimes you have to pick the better of two evils...you have put a ton of studying into your midterm and sleep is very important. Hope you get a good nights sleep, it always makes the next day go so much smoother.

Good luck on your midterm...you will knock it out of the park!!!

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Awards, Spreading the Spark and Loving the SP Community

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

I received several SP trophies today. The 15 pounder and the 3 month Sparkversary are ones I added. I had not really thought about logging on every day, accumulating pints and was stunned to see I'd racked up 1000 minutes! ME! I had so many slug days that I was stunned.

The funny thing is, every month I am surprised by these milestones because I first know about them through my friend feed! Thank you, ALL, for your great support and wonderful comments! You have no idea how that helps me keep going!

Your comments on my blogs, on my SparkPage, with Goodies (I feel wealthy!) all keep me focused and moving forward. Some days, I feel like giving up and I don't because how could I tell that to you? Each of you has your own isses and reasons and how selfish it would be for me to throw in the towel when what I have to deal with is not that big a deal in the grand scheme of things.

I read a really great blog on SP today about a bunch of Spark People getting together to run a race. I was really inspired, less by the running, more by the fellowship. I have told a number of you that, if we ever meet, handshakes will not do. Hugs all around!

So how did I do today? I stayed up later than I wanted to last night and that made it really hard to get moving today. The day did not start with a stop at the elliptical. But I did wake up determined to get 12K steps in today. Throughout the day, I had reasons to go between two of the four buildings at work. Up and down the four flights of stairs. I walked to the cafe for my free fruit first thing in the morning and had a brisk walk at lunch. At one point, a coworker said I looked really good today! I was really stoked. My clothes feel looser despite the absence of change via the tape measure. Another coworker joined in the conversation and I ended up showing them my pedometer. When I got back to my desk, I emailed them the model information and the reasons why I like this particular one. I told them I was getting my steps in by choice - going to see someone instead of calling or emailing and looking for files myself instead of asking a student to bring them to me....I did not mention that I parked farther away and used the stairs whenever my knee allows. End of the day = 13,636!

Tomorrow will be strength training and, perhaps, 5K steps, giving my knee a rest. So far, my leg feels fine. We'll see how much a pretzel I feel like when the alarm sounds in the morning.

The evening ends with me feeling very relaxed. BF is eating some good food, but I cannot join in. I ended the day within range except low in fat and calcium, but almost at the top of carbs and calories. As I sit here, I realize my interest in food at the moment is academic, mental. I am content and I do not need to eat.

I was really excited about the 1000 minute trophy and can see why SparkPeople gives these rewards! Very cool! But even more wonderful is the warmth and celebration with and for me in my Spark community. Some of you are going through really rough times and you reach out beyond yourself to lift me up. I am humbled. I am deeply grateful. My success is a shared victory every day.

  
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JANLEEW 5/5/2010 12:41AM

    Hooray! You chose well. Isn't this a marvelous place!

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JHADZHIA 5/5/2010 12:09AM

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That is what makes Sparks so wonderful and helps so many people! We are all in this together!! We can do it! We are not alone!
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MELA1953 5/4/2010 9:29AM

    WooHoo- Congrats to you!!!

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Who Says "Diet" Food Can't Be Yummy?

Sunday, May 02, 2010

I have been so tired today, just a slug. My plan of a long walk did not happen and neither did much else. My shoulder pain spread to most of my back and hurt all day. Now, nearly lights out, it feels a bit better. I'm frustrated that every time I start making physical progress, I lose two days! I am looking forward to hitting the elliptical tomorrow, though!

The heat has not helped, but tomorrow should be slightly cooler. Even though I grew up in New Mexico, heat has never been something I could handle. I am dreading summer! I'll have to be better at time management to get my exercise in!

But that is in the future. I've been seeing a lot of posts by Sparkfriends about their goals for May. I have not set up short term goals and, as I thought about that today, I realized there's a little bit of fear of failure. I pledged to lose 30 pounds for the Pound for Pound Challenge by the end of June and am not even halfway there! I've been promising myself something when I lose 10% and I thought I would have achieved that in March. That's still 3 pounds away. SparkPeople says I lost 2 pounds this week, but the truth is, it was 1.5. Rounding, I guess. I am thrilled, though, because I have not been losing even a pound a week for a while.

What did I do right this week to lose? Just little tweaks. I've been consistent with water for a long time, but I added more. I made sure I ate more often and I made sure I have protein at breakfast. I still am dealing with the fatigue during the day and it drives me nuts. That tiredness tempts me to eat sugar, but I have not given in yet. Some Sparkfriends suggested more sleep and I had a much better day on Friday because of it. I also did switch off between the cardio and strength training. I know that's what the plan says, but I have been so acutely aware that I do so much less than everyone else that it didn't seem to matter.

So, here goes...
May goals:
Four pounds
Continue alternating days with strength and cardio
Continue listening to my body and taking a day off when I need to WITHOUT GUILT
Ace my midterm!

I ate lightly all day and discovered I had oodles of room for dinner. I had a great sandwich with almond butter and Activia light vanilla yogurt with frozen mixed berries. That was SO yummy, so refreshing!

  
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CARRAND 5/3/2010 8:25PM

    I'm not much of an exerciser. My plan is to do 30 minutes 4 days a week. Usually I do a little more, like yard work or heavy cleaning on an extra day. You're probably doing more than that, but it works for me. I've been losing pretty steadily a pound a week. I hope to reach my goal by the end of the summer.

I never complain about the heat because I complain all winter about the cold and I don't want to complain all year.

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MEGANC1988 5/3/2010 5:52PM

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RE2BAH 5/2/2010 11:43PM

    Way to go! Set your goals and plan how to get there!

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JHADZHIA 5/2/2010 11:37PM

    How ironic! You were born in a nice warm place and can't take the heat, and I was born in a cold place and can't take the cold! Wish we could swap!! Every time the temperature drops, I feel the pain. Not been having a good week. Have some fresh fruit and yogurt for pick me ups when the fatigue sets in. Get the sweetest fruit for an energy boost.
Take care with the exercise! It doesn't matter how little you do, just that you are trying to do some consistently! You will feel when you have had enough. Some days maybe you can do more, some less. Don't fret it. You are you. What anyone else does matters not! Get some good sleep tonight!
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ROX2013 5/2/2010 11:28PM

    I cooked my first meal in the temporary kitchen tonite, with had pork, peas and cottage cheese, I didn't use any salt on any of it and the cottage cheese tasted like I had. I have been noticing it more that I can tell processed food by the salty taste. I don't see food as diet or not but more as healthier than not! Sounds like you have a great plan for May!!! Especially about aceing your midterm!!! emoticon

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JAKEANDNELLIE 5/2/2010 11:27PM

    It sounds like you've put a lot of thought into the next few weeks. Good for you! I'm not a planner - I just live each day as it comes, thankful to still be here - I think that attitude is partially due to being retired!
I walk every day for 60 minutes total. That's the only exercise I do faithfully (most of the time!). Otherwise, I try to alternate a chair aerobics DVD and strength exercises every other day. I don't get upset if I skip them.
I've found I actually lose better with this amount of activity as long as I stay within my calorie range.
Stay positive and I hope you're feeling better soon.
Sheila

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45 Seconds, Rubber Legs and Sparking at the Grocery Store

Sunday, May 02, 2010

Today started with such great intentions. I was going to go to work so I could study for my midterm in peace, then go to the little gym at work and work with weights. Then I was going to come home, grab BF and run errands, thus clearing the decks for a long walk tomorrow morning before the heat arrives.

Studying: I transcribed my notes from this week's lecture. Then I took the highlights from all the lectures and created a study guide for this coming week's midterm. I read a case that will be on the test. I still need to brief it to make sure I nail the concepts.

I went to the little gym and saw that they have big heavy weights that are used on machines. Nothing small enough for me. So I went to another machine. I think it is an elliptical. Having never been on one, I didn't know what to expect. My treadmill adventure is still fresh in my mind, so I thought I was being very conservative when I set it up for 5 minutes. I almostfell off when it started just because I was so startled. After an eternity, 30 seconds passed and I thought this might be fun. Fleetingly, I thought it was easy. Then, at 45 seconds, I realized I could do no more. My legs were rubber! I was amazed! I was also humbled. I really have such a long way to go.

I strained my shoulder doing some exercise and have taken the rest of the day off to rest.

We went to the grocery store, an outlet store, where we do the bulk of our shopping. I was looking at some flavored water as was another lady. I said,
"Too much sugar" and put it back. The lady did the same thing, thanking me for reading the label! I was pretty stoked to see an example followed! It happened later with another lady when we were looking at frozen goods. BF is also getting very good at reading labels and, while he doesn't make the best choices, he thinks about it before he chooses. Progress.

Congrats to my spark friends who are making such wonderful progress in running marathons, accumulating fitness minutes - you're leaving me in your dust! I am humbled! I also am with you in spirit!

Verizon is experiencing a switch failure in northern CA, so I could lose my internet connection at any time....Dead tired and afraid to log off. Dreading the thought of not having Spark access if I log off!

  
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CHARLOTTE1947 5/2/2010 4:51PM

    Get some help with the elliptical. It might have been set too high. Start at a reasonable point of beginning. It will get easier, I promise!

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CHAOTIC-KITTY 5/2/2010 3:17PM

  emoticon on getting your BF to read the labels on products & making him 'think' about food before he chooses them! :) That was great that the woman said thanks to you for reading the label. :) Please look after your shoulder. I hope your shoulder is feeling better now.

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ROX2013 5/2/2010 1:39PM

    My doctor says I can use a ellptical because of where I broke both my legs. I thanked God when he told me that, I have been told that it kicks your butt!!! Kudos for trying it!! My niece thought I meant a totally free day meant I could eat anything, so she brought me a apple turnover to have before we tried bollywood dvd. I ate it there goes my calories for today! I did explain that calories are never free. Enjoy the day!!

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JAKEANDNELLIE 5/2/2010 12:24PM

    You continue to inspire me by pushing forward each day and not being afraid to try new things!
Sheila

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JHADZHIA 5/2/2010 8:45AM

    I have had an elliptical for my go to machine for ten years now! It still kicks my butt lol! You do have to start very slowly on it for sure and build up endurance. I started with five minutes and thought I was going to die lol Its a great workout, and best of all, easier on the joints because there is no impact like the treadmill. Its the best workout for me and my arthritic joints!
Good luck with your midterm, sounds like you have excellent study habits, and should do well (I was never that organized, probably why I didn't do so well :(()
Great job reading the labels! And inspiring others to do the same!
I hope your internet woes are fixed soon! Spark on!

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MISSY455 5/2/2010 1:33AM

    I have an elliptical at home that I use twice a week. Even though I walk 3 to 4 miles everyday outside, when I first started using the elliptical again it kicked my butt!!! I think you use a completely different set of muscles on there than we use just walking. Don't give up. I found that if I can push through that first, and sometimes second wave of rubbery legs, it does get better. Start out slow though, and build time every time you use it. I am now up too 2 miles in 30 minutes. The amount of calories burned is at least two times my outdoor walks. That is the motivator for me to get back on there every week. You will find something too!

Hope your mid-term goes well this next week. It sounds like you are very well prepared for it.

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I Beat the Elevator and Other Friday Evening Musings

Saturday, May 01, 2010

A good night's sleep did make a difference! I clicked off over 11300 steps today. I made sure I ate something every 2-3 hours and did not feel abnormally tired.

I ended the day within nutrition range except for being low in calcium and achieving minimum water...

My office is on the second floor of one building and I often have to go to the first floor of the adjacent building. There are four flights of stairs between the two buildings and an elevator. When my knees act up, I take the elevator and do strength training exercises on the way. Today was a good day for my knees. As I headed to the stairs, I saw two coworkers at the elevator. As I reached the stairs, I heard the elevator starting up to the second floor. I reached the outside before the two ladies did! And I was not running! It that kind of small thing that shows me I am getting more fit.

  
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JHADZHIA 5/1/2010 11:34PM

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That just goes to show, you work hard enough, you get pay off! Well done!!

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SHOSHANADP 5/1/2010 10:54PM

    Go for you! Take pleasure in all the small accomplishments.

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MEGANC1988 5/1/2010 1:42PM

    Glad you got some sleep! emoticon

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CHAOTIC-KITTY 5/1/2010 11:52AM

  emoticon that is so amazing. :) you are doing so great.. :)

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SCRAPPYLADYV 5/1/2010 11:08AM

    That is so great!!!

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NONIE_C 5/1/2010 1:44AM

    Whoo Hoo!!!! Way to count the little successes of each and every day! You are getting more fit, and you are having fun doing it! Stay excited about your achievements, because each and every one is bringing you closer to your goals.
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