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Monday Food Blog (+ Workout!)

Monday, February 22, 2010


Kashi Go Lean Crunch Honey Almond Flax cereal, nonfat milk, chopped banana and coffee with fat-free half and half.

Really yummy and filling!

Calories: 356
Carbs: 68
Fat: 5
Protein: 15



Black beans cooked with oregano, onion and green pepper with Kohuko Rose Japanese rice

Leftovers from a weekend supper. Held up really well and is yummier than it photographs!

Calories: 306
Carbs: 66
Fat: 1
Protein: 17



4 oz tenderloin steak, garden salad with light Caesar dressing, and lemon pepper zucchini saute

A quick supper after the gym. Pan seared steak in olive oil dusted with salt and peppercorns and then broiled. Zucchini with salt-free lemon pepper seasoning pan fried with cooking spray. Side salad!

Calories: 508
Carbs: 29
Fat: 33
Protein: 27



Cara Cara Orange

I can't speak highly enough of this orange. So yummy with its sweet berrylike flesh!

Kashi TLC Cherry Dark Chocolate Bar and tea with nonfat milk

A lot of Kashi today, but this was a good pre-workout snack!

Calories: 240
Carbs: 55
Fat: 2
Protein: 7



Calories: 1,411
Carbs: 219
Fat: 41
Protein: 67
Sodium: 1,544
Fiber: 47 (very high!)



60 minutes on the Elliptical Trainer, 5 minute cooldown, post-workout stretches
Crossramp: 8-15
Resistance: 7-12
Calories Burned: 776
Average HR: 146
Max HR: 157

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PHD140 2/23/2010 10:48PM

    great job with your meal planning today! I totally need to work on getting more veggies in. I'm going to take a cue from you and add lots of peppers and onions to my black beans (totally my staple and favorite thing to batch cook).

I actually packed a tupperware full of kashi cereal (go lean original) and a individual container of silk chocolate soymilk for lunch today. So easy I don't know why I bother with anything else!

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4EVERADONEGIRL 2/23/2010 7:27PM

    You are doing so awesome!!! I must keep looking to you to lead the way, girlie! Get me (fully) back on track!!! I'm not really off, per se, but I'm not as ON as I want to be! :-)

You go girl!!


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13-1GIRL 2/23/2010 4:48PM

    Looks D-Lish! Thanks for some new ideas!! emoticon

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MANDAO97 2/23/2010 4:20PM

    I too am on the lookout for those oranges since your rave reviews. All of your food looks delicious and healthy! Thanks for posting - I love getting new ideas :)

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STINA6584 2/23/2010 4:03PM

    That Kashi cereal is my favorite by far. It's so yummy! To me it really tastes like that HoneySmaks cereal. (You know, the one with the frog mascot.)

The Kashi granola bar is my 2nd favorite bar as well (trail mix is #1)

I overshoot my fiber goal on a regular (like, 4 or 5 out of 7 days a week) basis. The strange thing is it doesn't really effect my body the way you would expect...if you know what I mean. I guess I'm greatful for that.

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DREAMRUNR 2/23/2010 12:05PM

    Nice job and great pictures. And of course you killed it with the workout. I can not stay on the elliptical that long, make my knees feel funny.

I have been meaning to try the Kashi bars. Do you get them by the box or buy them one by one? What's your favorite?

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JOLIE_ 2/23/2010 9:34AM

    Your supper looks soooo yummy!

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SUZEQ09 2/23/2010 9:05AM

    Awesome job!

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ONMYWAYTOGOAL 2/23/2010 8:43AM

    Way to GO!! The food looks great! Great ideas and the workout looks like a Calorie Blaster....Awesome Job! Keep it up!

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    This is amazing! Looks amazing!

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SUGIRL06 2/23/2010 8:16AM

    I loooove Kashi products. I didn't like their Go Lean cereal but I'll try another kind one day. Your day reminds me of things I eat! Mmmm getting hungry

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WISLNDR 2/23/2010 8:15AM

    Loved the pictures, it all looks great! (I didn't notice the keyboard until EKKING pointed it out! I can appreciate that!) but your calorie burn jumped out at me - - WOW, I'm happy with 500!! (And I'm glad to see I'm not the only one that shoots over the fiber goals, who would have thought??)

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EKKING 2/23/2010 8:03AM

    Your eating is like mine - keyboard in the background!!! emoticon

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DRAGONFLY1974 2/23/2010 7:31AM

    I so need to find that orange! I haven't seen one yet.

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GONE2THEDOGS 2/23/2010 6:31AM

    Looks great - I'm loving the cara cara oranges too, can't get enough of them!

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DAISES2 2/23/2010 1:36AM

    wow perfect day

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SAHMWICH 2/22/2010 11:39PM

    great job!

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DRRAZZ 2/22/2010 11:22PM

    Great job today!!!!

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TRAVELNISTA 2/22/2010 10:38PM

    and now I am hungry, Your breakfast did me in. That looks yummy!

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LOVE_IS_LOUDER 2/22/2010 10:08PM

    Yummmmm I love Kashi!!

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MOCOHOLO 2/22/2010 9:32PM

    Looks like a great Monday! Way to go!

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PINKCOCONUT 2/22/2010 9:27PM

    Look at you go, woman! I LOVE Kashi!!!

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Cramming all my Mojo Into the Last Week of February!

Monday, February 22, 2010

OK, consider myself psyched, albeit a delayed kind of psyched. I had an OK weekend. Too much alcohol at a party Saturday night and could have gotten two gym workouts in instead of just one, but I'm over my jet lag and my general fatigue and I'm ready to make this last week of February count, and I hope you guys are with me on this one!
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First of all, I'm going to plug this awesome blog: www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
. SOPHIKKO (Amanda) is trying to eat healthily on approximately $5/day to show that eating well doesn't have to be extremely expensive. The first blog is up and it is awesome. So go read it.

But read mine first of course!

So... the new gym is fab. I almost felt like I was in some kind of workout palace instead of a gym! It has three levels, a swimming pool, and a basketball court. I did feel a wee bit intimidated because the gymgoers here are on the whole much thinner and much younger than I am used to. But there were plenty of the stick-thin sort phoning it in on the treadmill with a copy of People magazine so the "I don't belong here" feeling dissipated pretty quickly.

They have spinning bikes without actually having to go to spin class AND a bike with a massive screen on it that simulates that you're biking an actual course. You can choose whether you want to bike through the woods or on a college campus or whatever and you actually STEER. It was pretty freaking awesome, I have to say.

I had an appointment with the physical therapist on Friday and all the tension from my back sprain (from a car accident in early February) has settled into my shoulder and shoulder blade areas. She advised me not to run because the arm motions from running would be likely to exacerbate this tension. I hate being sidelined, but I know it's for the best. BUT she did say that I can still workout as normal and gave me some strengthening exercises. I'm hoping when I go back on Thursday, she sees some progress and will greenlight my ski trip for the weekend.

YES, I am going skiing on Saturday, hopefully! Should be great!

As I mentioned in my previous blog, I actually feel as though I've been dragging more on exercise and eating habits AFTER my vacation rather than during my vacation. I have no idea why this is, but I'm eager to get moving.

So for the last week of February, I am committing:

1) To go to the gym after work every day Monday to Friday
2) To ski and/or skate on Saturday and Sunday
3) To photograph my meals for accountability: I'll post some of these as a blog because I know everybody loves a good food blog!

Hopefully, then I can bound into March with good momentum and be back in the race as far as running is concerned!

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SOPHIKKO 2/24/2010 12:08PM

    oh my gosh, how awesome are you?!! I was just reading your blogs and saw this. Thanks for the shout-out!

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1FITMOMMYJOURNY 2/23/2010 12:33PM

    I am right there with you. I had a lot of fun this weekend but it included wine and food I don't normally eat. So I have to really focus this week to stay on track. Your gym sounds divine by the way.

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ITSHOWYOULIVE 2/22/2010 10:28PM

    Hope you get the green light for the skiing trip it sounds like so much fun!! Glad you love the new gym. You are a very inspiring sparker-I have definately been on one of those "I just can't move" phases and need to get off the slow moving train. Hope the PT goes well and you can get back to running soon!!

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CHICAT63 2/22/2010 7:14PM

    Totally awesome sounding gym, we have one gym equipped like that in my region way to far for me when when have 3 gyms in my area *lol*. Listen to your PT, hmmm I didn't for my shoulder and I am still nursing it. Have a great week, take care.

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TEAM-SARAH 2/22/2010 5:37PM

    Oh man those bikes with the simulated courses are so fun. It's like a video game! I think generally that you'll notice more fit looking people at nicer gyms. I think this is because you probably gotta be already pretty solidly committed to a fit and healthy lifestyle before you're gonna drop real cash on a nice gym. If you're just getting started and more wishy-washy... you go for the cheap gym. If people know they have a bad history of sticking it out with a gym they dont want to risk wasting the money. Now look at you, a fit and regular exerciser, so committed that you know it's worth the money to buy a nice gym membership. milestone!

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MBSHAZZER 2/22/2010 5:04PM

    sounds like an awesome gym! I would love to be able to use the spin bikes without going to class sometimes! Here's to an awesome last week of Feb! Good luck with the shoulder. What does your PT think about massage?

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ANEPANALIPTI 2/22/2010 4:44PM

    Can't wait to see this food blog!!! Loving your happiness........ :) :) :)

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TRAVELNISTA 2/22/2010 3:59PM

    Wow I really love my gym and we have so many different choices as well but your new gym sounds emoticon

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CHICKIEMAUI 2/22/2010 12:46PM

    That sounds awesome! I am with you on making the last week of Feb be the best week of Feb! Good luck! I know you will do great!

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DIGISCRAPPY 2/22/2010 12:26PM

    Gym sounds GREAT! What a cool bike!

Sorry about the residual tension, though, from the accident. I also had tension situate itself in the shoulder-blade area after an accident and, unfortunately, I still feel it every now and then. However my accident was pretty serious (at a complete stop, rear-ended by driver going 60mph) - so hopefully yours will resolve itself fully.

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KARVY09 2/22/2010 12:11PM

    It's a Boston Sports Clubs (though they have locations in NY and DC too), but they widely vary in quality, amenities, and size. This location is less than 2 yrs old. It's pretty sweet.

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NOVELIC 2/22/2010 11:40AM

    Your posts and journey inspire me to keep going. Even when you hit a rough patch, you're ready to keep going. Thanks.

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AZIUGA 2/22/2010 11:33AM

    Is it Lifetime Fitness? We have a gym like that here, and I just finished a 14 day trial. My Boyfriend joined because it is right by his work, his company is paying for a third of it, and his coworkers all take classes together. Me...I couldn't make it in time for classes (my commute is an hour) and I couldn't see myself spending so much money on cardio equipment yet. Maybe as a reward later? I am glad you are loving it though!

I hope your PT clears you to run soon. I know that must be so frustrating for you! Sounds like your last week of February will be good--I keep telling myself I am past the 6 month mark now, gotta really step it up. 166 days until I am 30!!!

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BESTSELLERS 2/22/2010 11:20AM

  Your new gym sounds awesome! Sounds like you've got it all together, way to go!

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ONMYWAYTOGOAL 2/22/2010 10:50AM

    emoticon I'm glad you've found the perfect workout palace!! That is so Awesome!! Skiiing & skating emoticon both sound fun fun fun!! Have a great week and emoticon kick it Girl!!

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STINA6584 2/22/2010 10:35AM

    Those bike sounds freaking awesome! I want to come workout with you!

I hope your back is doing well enough for you to go skiing this weekend!!!

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MANDAO97 2/22/2010 10:24AM

    I am so happy to hear you are enjoying your workout palace! Soundes like the extra investment is worth it!

Let's finish out February strong! :)

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MOCOHOLO 2/22/2010 10:14AM

    The gym sounds awesome. Is it a chain? Do you feel comfortable posting the name if it is a chain? I'm thinking about joining a gym even though I'm far heavier than many of the skinny-minis that I imagine frequent such places. I just miss doing weight machines.

Best of luck to you with your last week of Feb!

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PINKCOCONUT 2/22/2010 10:07AM

    Mmmm! Food blog! Can't wait!

Glad to hear you're getting back into it and sounds like the new gym is awesome!

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KAKE138 2/22/2010 9:31AM

    Great month-end goals! emoticon

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DRRAZZ 2/22/2010 9:25AM

    Great job getting back on track. I hear you on the sidelined from running thing. I am only two days into my week (at least) without running and am feaning like an addict. LOL! Your gym sounds awesome, but I must admit I probably wouldn't feel totally comfortable there. I'm proud of you for getting over that initial discomfort and making a commitment to go everyday this week. I am excited to see your photo food blog. I am doing one everyday this week. Really making myself accountable. emoticon

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DREAMRUNR 2/22/2010 9:05AM

    You can do this Karvy. I know how much it stinks to be sidelined from the running, but giving yourself the healing time is the best thing you can do for yourself.

I am glad to hear the new gym is working out. And from the sound of it, it's well worth the money.

I sending you **motivational vibes** to help you get back into your groove. If anyone can beat this, I know it's you.

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LITTLEFREEZE 2/22/2010 8:26AM

    I'm looking forward to the pics of the food. I never know what to cook~!!!

Keep up the motivation!!! You're such an inspiration for all of us~!!

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Trying to Psyche Myself Up Here

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Since coming back from the trip, I feel sluggish. Chalk it up to jet lag and getting over my food poisoning, but I DON'T LIKE the way I feel. I had one of those days yesterday when I couldn't convince myself to exercise whatsoever. I know we've all been there, but I haven't felt this extreme compulsion NOT to exercise since starting SparkPeople in June.

Instead I caught up on 2 hrs of the DVR and watched the Olympics. I sat in front of the TV and felt like a complete idiot because I was watching Lindsey Vonn and those extremely fit downhill skiiers and I:

a) Didn't exercise at all that day.

b) Ordered delivery (we have little food in the house since we were abroad) and was going to get a grilled chicken salad but ended up getting a cheeseburger, fries and side salad and eating some of my husband's ice cream.

c) Was thinking about the exercise I COULD be doing.

d) Was thinking about the work I COULD be doing.
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Ugh. Trust me, if you think eating junk food is bad while watching The Biggest Loser, try doing it in front of the fittest, most athletic people in the world.

So, I've come to a crossroads. I need to figure out what I want to do with my fitness life. What's going to motivate me in the way that Latter Half of '09 Karvy was able to rack up 10,000+ fitness minutes in less than 7 months. I need to nip this in the bud NOW.

So, Kristina, you are going to...

1) Cancel the gym membership at the budget gym.

I was able to motivate myself to go at least 4 times a week in summer/fall, but now not so much. I need to drive to this gym, which often adds an extra half hour waiting for my craptacular car to start. A great excuse I like to use is "oh, the car might not start going there and on the way back." Not entirely lame because it HAS happened, but still.

I kind of hate this place these days because the low price has attracted a clientele that is more there to hang out than seriously work out.
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2) Join the amazing gym and save elsewhere.

Spring for the $60/month at the amazing gym that I walk to from the train station near my house, so I don't have the complaint of the car to fall back on anymore. This one has a pool, great classes, and brand new facilities and I've been in love with it. There's also another location downtown for times when I do my work in Boston. So there are seriously no excuses here. It's high-priced, but I think it's going to be worth it. For $10/month, I might not mind skipping the gym, but at a higher price tag, I hope I will.

In return, I'm going to save that money elsewhere. By NOT eating out as often and NOT buying junky prepackaged snack food.
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3) Sign up for the St. Patrick's Day 5K and a spring 10K.

I needs goals, I needs them! I need to start running outside when all this darned ice melts. I need to start my 10K training program and stick to at least 10 miles per week. I've been letting running slowly slide to the wayside, and I just don't like it!
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4) Go skiing at least twice before winter ends. Go ice skating once a week.

I bought my husband a day ski trip for Christmas because he was excited about it, and we've both been kind of "eh" since then. Similarly with ice skating! I want to go skiing on a local mountain before we venture to NH on the ski trip and I want to use those ice skates I was so excited about last month!
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5) Try to stay to the low end of my calorie range on non-heavy exercise days.

The range doesn't mean I have to be at the top of it all the time. Lately, I've been sneaking extras in there that, frankly don't need to be there just because I have an extra 200 or so calories "left." If I'm not hungry, I shouldn't be eating.
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6) Force myself to drink that water!

I'm going to keep a room temperature water bottle and I need to drink it before I can go to sleep. Well, maybe long before I go to sleep, because then I'll just wake up and... well, you know...
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7) Remember WHY I am doing this...

Yeah, it's great that I can run and do things I couldn't before. It's nice being not THAT fat. It's nice being able to use the tray table on a plane without it bumping my thighs and actually having to tighten the seatbelt too! But I'm not done...

I'm doing it for sexy collarbones

And toned thighs

Let's work this.

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    Good job ditching the craptastic gym and joining a good one! I joined my gym over a year ago, have been taking classes and now have my "gym friends" who are at all the classes and help hold me accountable. Your post reminded me of why I joined in the first place.

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CARPENSM 2/21/2010 5:54PM

    I really liked this blog and it got me motivated! I know how you feel with the Olympics....I was watching them at the gym the other day. Doesn't seem like it would be too bad but normally while I'm on the treadmill I feel all athletic...but watching all the super athletic Olympians didn't help :P

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TIME4AFITME 2/21/2010 11:41AM

    Great goals and I needed to read this as well. I have been sluggish as well and you helped me get my self pumped again. How was the new gym? I read that you joined. Onderland is just around the corner!

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AUGUSTAGLOOP 2/21/2010 7:40AM

    I'm really proud of you for coming up with a plan that will work for you! I'm starting to get back on track and dipping my toes in the SP pool again. If you derail too, my main source of inspiration will be gone! Do it for the (not-so) little people as well as yourself!

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SPUNKYDUCKY 2/20/2010 10:50PM

    Kristina! I am sending you some energy to get it in gear! Plan sounds great - especially the new gym. I upgraded gyms in January and it makes a big differnece! Hope you are feeling a little better

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CHICAT63 2/19/2010 9:44PM

    Ah, do I or don't I dilemna...coming back from holidays to an empty pantry and fridge girlfriend you were on holidays well deserve might I add cut yourself some slack. Should I change gyms or not ! I am thinking you should there seems to be more +++ than the other one it sounds wonderful, new, bright, airy and hmmm maybe more goal oriented people = Go for it. Getting outside to do activities is always good, some inside ones are also good *wink*. You're doing awesome Christina the collarbone and thighs will follow in no time my friend. emoticon

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BER7506 2/19/2010 2:25PM

    That is awesome! I hope you enjoy your new amazing gym. I have been debating about joining a cheap gym or the more expensive one, and you reminded me right there why the one that cost just a bit more is more worth the money!!!
Good luck!!!!!!

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DREAMRUNR 2/19/2010 11:36AM

    Great way to pump up the volume and I am glad you are feeling better today.

I love the sexy collar bone thing to. I have been watching mines and they are starting to show up.


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TKLPICKLE 2/19/2010 9:50AM

    Is the gym you joined called healthworks by any chance? I have a friend who lives in somerville and I went with her once and it was FANTASTIC!!!!! I felt like I was in a freaking SPA! I wish there was a gym that nice close to me!! Oh man.... the hot tub.... yes please.... i could go for a little soak right about now!

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KARVY09 2/19/2010 9:12AM

    Yeah, I'm in a better state of mind today. Thanks guys!

I wasn't going THAT far off track, but I could feel myself dragging, slipping and I just wanted to nip it in the bud. I joined the new gym today and I'm going after work!!!

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LADY_JOSIELOT 2/19/2010 1:10AM

    I totally think you thought things through and are well planned out and making great choices. :)

- Josie

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TEAM-SARAH 2/18/2010 10:00PM

    I think if spending the money on a nicer gym will make it easier to go then it's worth all the money!

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TRAVELNISTA 2/18/2010 8:57PM

    You absolutely made the right decision to change gyms. You are worth spending the extra money on. emoticon

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FITMAMA1984 2/18/2010 5:51PM

    As always, I believe in you 500%! Good for you for writing this blog and getting your thoughts out there! We all have our weak moments. Sometimes we give in to them and sometimes we stomp on them. We all have days when we just don't feel "it." I've had a few myself and sat out from exercising to catch up on my dvr! That's what makes us human!

The new gym sounds amazing! I know you are going to absolutely love it. Just think of all the new, unboring things you can do there! Make sure you wear your green at the St. Patty's run!

BTW... I love the sexy colar bones thing, too!

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PRETTYPITHY 2/18/2010 5:44PM

    We're definitely going to do this. I feel my momentum returning and you can have the same feeling! Follow the plan--all you gotta do girl and no one knows it better than you. I've got my eye on you! Could you keep an eye on me? emoticon

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LJRW170 2/18/2010 5:22PM

    Totally awesome! You can do it!

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EMM1116 2/18/2010 4:58PM

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE THIS. You just need a jumpstart, and you are giving it to yourself in this blog. It's all about starting over, every morning when you wake up and you will ROCK this. Sexy collarbones will be yours before you know it... you're awesome :)

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ONLY_AS_HIGH 2/18/2010 4:36PM

    Dude, I'm psyched up just reading this.

Good job - get back in the game. That more expensive gym will pay for itself (this is what I tell myself about my monthly massages, haha!)

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LADYSNOWFALL 2/18/2010 4:32PM

    There's a reason you're a Motivator! You just motivated me to get off my rear and MAKE the time to run! Yay for Kristina!

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ZIRCADIA 2/18/2010 4:21PM

    LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE IT!!!! I love the plan -- so great to be honest with yourself about the excuses you're making and finding ways to CONFOUND those excuses and move on. :) I'm excited for you and your new gym membership!

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MANDAO97 2/18/2010 4:14PM

    Well you psyched me up so hopefully you successfully psyched yourself up as well! You are ready for the next leg of your journey - to get trim and toned and feel even more amazing than you do now! I too have let the running slip - thanks to knee pain and lots of snow. The olympics motivates me to get back to it and I can't wait for the spring. I think the gym change will definitely be good for you - I love my 'luxury YMCA' with two indoor pools :)

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    I love plans! Print this bad boy out and carry it with you everywhere you go - so there are NO excuses!!! Love the gym being nearby... I don't have mine nearby, am stuck in contract, and guess what, don't go! So it being nearby, you rock! Keep up the fantabulous work!

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KARVY09 2/18/2010 4:05PM

    EKKING: Yeah, I don't know where the burger came from. My husband got one and well, I just ordered one too. And it was only a little ice cream, but still. Honestly, I ate worse last night than I did on my whole vacation. Ah well. I hate a lecture, but you're so right. Time to buckle down.

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ONMYWAYTOGOAL 2/18/2010 4:02PM

    emoticon emoticon You can do it and you will do it. You just need that motivation back.....you can do it and you will do it!!!

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CELESTIALAXIS 2/18/2010 4:02PM

    Oh hey you're in the Boston area? I work in Boston and live in Stoneham! Hi!

You can do this, it's hard to get started back up again but you know you want it, so go get it! =)

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PINKCOCONUT 2/18/2010 3:58PM

    You can do it woman! Sometimes it's just dragging your butt off the couch that gets you back into the swing of things. You'll be back on it before you know it!

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DRRAZZ 2/18/2010 3:56PM

    Great blog and great goals. Good luck getting remotivated.

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EKKING 2/18/2010 3:56PM

    Good plan. It's always good to have a plan (I don't have one, by the way!). While I can say, it's okay not to exercise one day, I can't condone the burger, fries and ice cream. Where did that come from?? You aren't on vacation anymore Kristina! :) Ok, I'm done lecturing. None of are angels and we all slip up now and again.

Where are you in the Boston area? I just moved from Watertown, MA to Tucson 2.5 years ago, after living in the suburbs for 17 years. It's too cooooold there!

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YOOVIE 2/18/2010 3:55PM

    wooohoohoohoooooooooooo!!!!!!! I LOVE entries like this!! go for the amazing gym! do it do it do it! and also... SAVOR IT.

good job laying it all out there in black and pink and white darlin! Time to shine!!!!

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LAURA9021 2/18/2010 3:53PM

  Good luck!! Once you get back on track you will feel so much better!! (I know this and say it, but I sat in front of the TV watching the Olympics too!!) emoticon

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The Trip

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Well, I'm back, and I'm giving myself a B, even though the scale has me up 3 lbs (I was down 2 lbs on the gym scale while there, so humph!). I'm putting it all on flying, sodium, water retention and lack of water, because for a vacation, I think I did very, very well.


THE SPA: Oh, it was three and a half days of exercise and relaxation in Cornwall, Southwest England. WONDERFUL. I went for a hike on the one nice day (sunny, low 40s) we were there and swam laps in the gorgeous swimming pool. One day, I got a facial and massage (saved from my reward for getting to 239 lbs!) and it was heavenly and just what I needed. I hit the gym twice a day and relaxed in the hot tub, steam room and sauna.

TECHNOLOGY, BE GONE: I turned my phone and computer off the entire trip except a couple of times to make sure that I had no emergency messages. It was wonderful. We watched telly at night, but it was kind of a passive watching; we commented briefly on stuff, but chatted away.

FAMILY: I love my husband's family and it was great to spend time with them and to meet my new nephew for the first time. So cute, but yeah, still not ready for motherhood just yet! I was teaching him lots of American phrases and the "Yankees suck" chant, so hopefully that rubbed off (he's not talking at all yet, as he's only 6 months, but it was funny at the time!).

STONEHENGE: We drove by it. It was stoney. And, yeah...

FOOD: Portion control was really good for the most part. I'm proud of myself. I enjoyed everything I ate, but I stuck to one helping of everything though I did eat "bad foods" like pie, chips, cheese, and sausage.

WINE: I didn't have one beer while there! Isn't that strange? We stayed at a self-catering resort so we brought all of our own booze and food. But I did partake of my fair share of wine, probably my only downfall during the weekend, but oh well. It was fun.

RUNNING: I watched myself run in the gym mirror and almost died. My legs look so bad when I run without my bike shorts underneath. I honestly believe that my thighs are going to be the last things to go and it's what I want gone MOST. But I ran on the treadmill in front of my husband and sister-in-law for the first time and they were really amazed at my 38:00 5K. My husband might even have been a little inspired! He's gotten really out of shape as of late (he's 6'1" and 215 lbs, so not THAT overweight, but he doesn't exercise), and he attemped running and it didn't go so well. He might give C25K a shot and train for the triathlon with me, so fingers crossed!

FOOD POISONING: I was so excited to try a traditional Cornish pasty: basically a mini pie with beef, potato, rutabaga and onion. This was right before an 8 hr drive back to my husband's parents' house. It turned my guts inside out. I felt like I was going to die by the end of the drive after stopping at rest stops and being forced in traffic to puke into a plastic bag. OMG. Not fun.

DETOUR: We were planning to spend the last leg of the trip in Hastings to see more family, especially DH's sick aunt, but she passed away before we got there. It was a shame, so we ended up spending another day in my husband's hometown.

AIR TRAVEL: Not fun. No movies on the way there due to a malfunction. BAD movies on the way back (I don't recommend Public Enemies or All About Steve). Annoying kids in posh British accents kicking my chair. Customs bag searches. The security line from hell at Heathrow. Ugh.

So that was it. I'm glad to be back and I've got a ton of work to catch up on, but I'm getting right back into it. Time to start running and training for spring races!!!

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TIME4AFITME 2/18/2010 8:20AM

    Sounds like a great trip..well not the food poisoning. Sorry about DH's aunt. Sounds like you did great. Missed you

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COMPASSLOST1 2/18/2010 7:57AM

    You are my hero for doing so well while on vacation! I always struggle when I am away from my kitchen. You inspire me to know that I can do it too! I'm glad you had fun on your trip and YAAAAAY for your 38:00 5K!!!! You rock!

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TRAVELNISTA 2/17/2010 11:35PM

    The spa sounded absolutely wonderful as well as the 1st couple of paragraphs. The Food poisoning down I am quite sure you could have done without. Sorry the whole tome wasn't perfect.

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ITSHOWYOULIVE 2/17/2010 10:31PM

    You packed a lot into that trip and I bet that those extra pounds come off right away. Sitting in an airplane for that many hours is bound to mess with your system! Glad you had a good time even if you did get food poisoning (uggh).

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RAINTHIEF 2/17/2010 9:20PM

    You had a very eventful trip! I am very jealous that you went overseas - I loved it over there when I studied abroad for a semester. Tons of fun!

Welcome back!

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ONMYWAYTOGOAL 2/17/2010 8:16PM

    Sounds like a dream trip minus the food poisoning, but very cool-fun and relaxing. Glad you made it back safely. You'll lose those pesky 3# in no time.

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HOSTALADY 2/17/2010 6:54PM

    What can I say ~ YOU ROCK! Sounds like a wonderful time and a real vacation for you.

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MBSHAZZER 2/17/2010 4:44PM

    Sounds like you did GREAT!!! Spending time with family ALWAYS cancels out extra calories (especially extra calories from booze!), and I would definitely chalk any scale fluctuations up to the plane, dehydration, etc, etc.

Don't fret about your thighs...If it's any consolation, my thighs are the bane of my existince. Any running photo of me taken head on makes me cringe! But just think of how strong and powerful those thighs are to let you run so fast!!! :D

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    Oh, yay! You made it back safely and had a great time! Nice!!! You were missed!!!



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EKKING 2/17/2010 3:25PM

    Sounds like a great trip (death and puking aside). I like that you went easy on your self. It was a vacation after all!

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DIGISCRAPPY 2/17/2010 2:34PM

    Sounds like a great trip (minus the food poisoning) and like you did great, enjoying things in moderation along with getting your exercise in! Much envy over the spa! Glad you had a good time!

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MANDAO97 2/17/2010 2:26PM

    Well except for the Cornish pastry incident it sounds like you had a great trip! I always have awful travel experiences at Heathrow.

Great job getting your workouts in and exercising portion control! It shows how deep the changes you've made have gone that even on vacation you can indulge a bit without going overboard. Vacation isn't a free for all like it used to be for me.

Welcome back and happy running!

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SLARTYB 2/17/2010 2:17PM

    Glad you had a good time in Cornwall - its where my wife's family come from. Where abouts were you?

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TEAM-SARAH 2/17/2010 1:49PM

    I'm glad you had a great trip, minus the food poisoning and unpleasant airline travels. No good. Way to stay on track though and enjoy your vacation within reason!!

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RJBUCKEYE 2/17/2010 1:21PM

    omg - I loved the bit about running in front of a mirror. I'm the opposite though... I love to see myself run. I get a sense of accomplishment from being able to move my body at all! Plus I think it forces me to have better posture. Good for you on your trip!

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FINZFANATIC 2/17/2010 1:21PM

    Great blog! I burst out laughing several times. I am really sorry to hear about the food poisoning and the death in the family. I've been to London once and I'm not sure how you avoided the beer. I loved sitting in the pubs drinking the beer (pre-Spark days) and I don't even like beer! LOL!

You gave yourself a B, but you are a definite A in my book!

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TREBLE02 2/17/2010 1:05PM

    sounds like a great trip! I had to LOL at your "watching yourself in the treadmill" part... I am GLAD we dont have mirrors at my gym! LOL...I do NOT want to know what I look like running. The few pics form the 5ks are NOT CUTE! hehehe....awesome that you inspired and impressed your family though! I will cross my fingers taht hubby will join you for a race in the near future! :)

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FITMAMA1984 2/17/2010 12:45PM

    Sounds like you had a wonderful vacation! Sorry about the food poisioning and your hubby's aunt passing away! I'm glad yall made it back safe and sound!

BTW.. I thought Public Enemies was a great movie lol

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CHICAT63 2/17/2010 12:44PM

    emoticon she's back, missed ya ! You were on holidays....even while visiting your DH's family, give yourself a break you did emoticon. I am sorry to hear about your DH's great-aunt, in all you had a great time just what you needed. Have a great week, take care. Josée

emoticon to Spring being sprung !!!!

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NEWYORKORCHIDS 2/17/2010 12:41PM

  I'm so jealous. And I know what you mean about Heathrow - I always try to fly in to Manchester and take the train - but it doesn't always work out to be the cheapest thing.

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CHICKIEMAUI 2/17/2010 12:32PM

    It sounds wonderful! You did amazing while on holiday!

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PINKCOCONUT 2/17/2010 12:00PM

    Glad to have you back but more glad that you had a pretty great getaway!

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LADYSNOWFALL 2/17/2010 11:55AM

    Welcome back! You were very missed!

I haven't been to England, but my husband has. He went with his author-mother on a research trip as a graduation present. He loved the 3 weeks they spent sight seeing and would dearly love to go back. Actually, he keeps hoping that his company will send him. So far, no luck!

My anglophile daughter has big dreams to move to London upon turning 18. I haven't the heart to burst her bubble just yet.

Perhaps we'll all go when she graduates high school in 3 1/2 more years.

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HEYSKINNY 2/17/2010 11:54AM

    It's important that people from every country learn to hate the Yankees, heh. (And that's coming from a New Yorker! Don't hate, everyone!)

Great to have you back! Sounds like a good trip overall.

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TKLPICKLE 2/17/2010 11:51AM

    oh and P.S., I give you an A, not a B! It is HARD to show self-discipline on VACATION, and it sounds like you did a great job!!

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CUBANJELLY 2/17/2010 11:49AM

    Sounds like a wonderful trip, overall!

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TKLPICKLE 2/17/2010 11:47AM

    Welcome back to our side of the pond! Sounds like you had an amazing trip! The spa sounds LOVELY!! So sorry to hear about your food poisoning experience, and the passing of your hubby's aunt. Sigh! I guess things can't all be sunshine and roses, can they? Here's to a speedy recovery from jet lag and getting back into the swing of things!

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WISLNDR 2/17/2010 11:44AM

    Welcome back, you were missed!

It sounds like you had a great time even with the food poisoning. And in the car! Been there, done that. A memory you will really want to forget but will stay with you forever!

Beer: No loss there for you, wine works too! I have fond memories of drinking a giant can of warm beer called "Superlager". It was terrible but that's one of those memories I don't mind recalling when I need a laugh!

Running and Thighs: I am amazed at how little I have lost around my thighs. They do look better; sadly, they're pretty much the same size they've been all along! I'm sure you were inspiring to watch; when was the last time your husband's family saw you?

So back to business now? Before I go back for my first day of work after a time away, I always say to myself, "Gotta pay for the life."

emoticon BACK!!

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DANCINGPENGUIN 2/17/2010 11:38AM

    I got food poisoning in England once. I think there is something about foreign food, when you think it tastes "bad" you convince yourself, "oh, well, I'm not used to things here. Perhaps it's just me." But no, it was rancid.

Your trip sounds delightful!

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The Week

Thursday, February 04, 2010

In the last 7 days...

My cat passed away.
We bought a house.
We won enough beer for a frat party and personal training sessions.
I gave up caffeine for three days, ate raw for a half day, ate clean for two and a half days.
I beat my PR for 5K on the treadmill (37:50).
I was rear-ended by a Chevy Blazer and I'm nursing a sore back.
I got into a massive fight with a family member that made me cry uncontrollably.
I didn't eat my emotions.
The groundhog saw its shadow. More winter.
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In the next 7 days...

I need to finish all my court filings (actually, in the next 4 days).
I'm going to go to the doctor's if the back pain doesn't subside.
I need to get the bumperless car sorted.
Lots of shopping and packing.
I'm flying across the Atlantic.
I'm getting a massage and a facial.
I'm going to try to de-stress. Going to try to de-stress.
I'm not going to eat my emotions.
We'll be closer to spring.
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FLORIDASUN 2/13/2010 10:55PM

    Wow...a whole lot going on and you took up the challenge in spite of it all! Yay for you strong soul sista! So sorry about the car accident and the family drama..and losing your kitty..oh so sad..I love my cats! Cheers to you for not eating your emotions..you are progressing along your pathway to health and happiness..oh so well! Hugs! Pamper yourself well and I hope your trip is FUN!

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THE_NEW_MELISSA 2/11/2010 2:57PM

    Wow, what a rough week, hope you're doing better! *hugs*

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KAT_MANDU 2/8/2010 9:29AM

    What a tough week! I don't know that I would have been strong enough to not "eat MY emotions!"

You really inspire me! Good luck on the De-Stress, and enjoy your trip!


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CHICAT63 2/7/2010 8:38AM

    Ah, Christina I am sorry about the last week. Ups & downs, crying destresses...don't keep it inside. Think forward and not back, I know easier than done but you can do it. Focus on your strength and experience you can get through this. Hugs, Josée

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MBSHAZZER 2/6/2010 6:21PM

    OMG, what a week. I am so, so sorry about sweet little Seri. So sad. And everything else on top of it. GREAT job not eating your emotions. Let them OUT sister, I am learning a good cry is very cathartic. Hang in there!

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JANE1216 2/6/2010 12:13PM

    Wow! You've been through alot in the past 7 days -- so sorry about your cat and your accident -- sure hope your back is better already. Take care and keep the focus ---

Blessings --


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TRAVELNISTA 2/6/2010 12:00PM

    Wow`all that in 7 days. emoticon you got rear ended and I hope your back is getting better. If you are crossing the Atlantic a bad back is going to kill you. If you can request a hot stone massage that will help your back tremendously. I hope the back is back to normal before you have to fly. Try to get up and walk around as much as possible so that your back doesn't lock up on the plane. Heal real quick emoticon

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THREADBENDER 2/6/2010 9:52AM

    Yikes! Sending lots of calm, healing vibes your way. Remember to breathe.


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LALAFLOWERS 2/6/2010 9:25AM

    Congrats on the house.....

Sorry about the car.....

Can't wait to learn more about the trip.. but the flight will be interesting with a sore back.. (get a dr's note to get a bigger seat, or load up first.. so you have less reaching over folks)

Take care of your back... Not a good thing~! It can last a long time, and keep you from doing your thing..

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    Wow, Poulaki!!!

That was a mini whirlwind. Where are you going on your trip???



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GONE2THEDOGS 2/6/2010 12:37AM

    Yikes! One extreme to the other...good for you for not eating your emotions - you definately deserve that facial & massage after this past week!
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Congrats on the house - that's exciting!

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ITSHOWYOULIVE 2/6/2010 12:34AM

    Wow what a week. I'm glad you are getting through it and not eating your emotions. This is something I am still working on. Something about massive amount of carbs makes me feel better for a bit (then there is the rebound guilt and well, you know). Hope the whole situation sorts itself out and CONGRATS on the house!! You are an inspiration and deserve a better week.

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RUNLAUGHLOVE 2/5/2010 10:18PM

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RUN2MYDREAMS 2/5/2010 10:06PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon job not eating your emotions!
YOU CAN DO THIS. Hope your back is better soon! emoticon

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GRACEISENUF 2/5/2010 8:13PM

    What a week you had! I hope this next one is calm and that your trip is the perfect RX to de-stress!

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MPALMER15 2/4/2010 10:29PM

    Wow, I just started reading your blog last week and you so inspire me every day. I hear you on the Raw stuff. It is tough! I did successfully do a 5 day raw cleanse a few summers ago. If you want to try raw again, I recommend waiting until the season when you can get your most favorite fruits and veggies. I love summer fruits, so I felt like I was eating luxury foods with my strawberries, pineapple, mango, etc. I was buying them by the case from the local farmer's market and found it to be an easy five days. I really like this website for a raw cleanse: http://www.therawdivas.com/ These divas are GOOD and make the whole thing fun. :0)

So thanks for all the blogging you do. It really does encourage the rest of us. I look forward to reading more from you soon. emoticon

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HOSTALADY 2/4/2010 10:12PM

    You are a true amazement within yourself. You have been able to show all of us just how strong you are and still have tender raw emotions too! You have had to endure more these last few weeks than most and yet can still hold your head up high and know you are getting through it. Blessing to you on having to endure the unfortunate things the last week or so and Congrats on the many great high lights of these past days too!
You are very special to me and so many others ~ I wish you the very best with your health, new home, and your trip across the ocean. You are AWESOME!

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MOCOHOLO 2/4/2010 9:48PM

    Yikes - that's quite a 14-day span! I'm sorry about your kitty and the car accident. Take it easy and rest as much as you can. Your back will be better off for it. I'm impressed that you still sound pretty upbeat through it all. Just remember your sparkfriends are here if you need to vent and if you feel the emotional eating coming on.


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SUNNY332 2/4/2010 8:34PM

    Awesome that you did not eat the emotions. I am having some family problems too but have not let them get the best of me either. Didn't realize until right now that I am not eating my emotions either. I did have a couple of Miller GD 64 beers.

Sorry to hear about your cat. It is hard to say good bye to our fur babies.

Awesome news about the new house and all of the other good news. Sorry about the Cheve Blazer and hope your back is better soon.

Have a wonderful trip and keep up the good work.

Hugs, Sunny

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ZIRCADIA 2/4/2010 8:02PM

    BIG KUDOS for not eating your emotions. That is so hard. *HUGS*

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NOEXCUSE2012 2/4/2010 6:15PM

  You motivate me! We are at about the same spot! I am hoping to run a half marathon in September but I can't even begin to train until March or April depending on Utah weather! I hope I can do it! I too want to achieve all my goals in 2010!

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SPRINGBELLE 2/4/2010 2:28PM

    I am sorry about your cat... I have 2, Hydro and Maybelline.

Understand totally about the car, except I am just fine. My car was parked on the street because I couldn't get through the snow the city plowed in front of my driveway. It was hit, but fortunately it was an honest and good person who took responsibility and his insurance will cover all the repair and a rental car while mine is being worked on.

Hey, you had more "fun stuff" you have lots of beer, you beat someone at running (I can't even run), you have a new home, you are going on a trip...

As for me, I quit smoking and I get to babysit all night on Saturday for a 2 year old, 3 year old, and a 9 year old. While it will be fun (I do love kids) it hardly compares!

Focus on all that good stuff while you are hobbling around.

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DESERT_BIRD 2/4/2010 2:25PM

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Wow...that's a lot. Losing my cat would have done it for me.

Take care of your back. Have you tried icing it? I'm not an expert, but it always helps me.

Sending positive energy your way.

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    Wow - if there was ever a week that could cause someone to eat emotionally, it sound like this was it. But you didn't!! WELL DONE!!!
Congratulations on buying a house!!
I hope you are able to destress this week and where ever you're going, I hope you have a great time!!

I pray this next week will be much, much better!!!

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TEAM-SARAH 2/4/2010 1:16PM

    Wow talk about stress! some good, some bad. Way to stick to it in spite of it all. I hope the next 7 days go well and you enjoy that relaxation time!

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PRETTYBLKGYRL 2/4/2010 12:39PM

    not eating emotions ='s MAJOR ACCOMPLISHMENT. Congrats :o)

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LADYSNOWFALL 2/4/2010 12:25PM

    Focus on the positive. You DIDN'T eat your emotions! That's a huge accomplishment! Congrats!

I ate my emotions last night. But, I am just now starting to see that I am an emotional eater at times. I can't talk about it and why just quite yet. But I will soon. And then maybe I'll be able to get it sorted out.

All will be well, Kristina. It's been one crazy week for you. But, this too, shall pass.

Focus on the positive. Just focus on the positive. (Telling myself as much as I'm telling you.)

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TKLPICKLE 2/4/2010 12:24PM

    wow wowwie wow. yikes. don't you just LOVE those DOOZY weeks? You are getting trhough it!! This too shall pass!! And MANY congratulations on not eating those emotions!! You are awesome!

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WISLNDR 2/4/2010 12:08PM

    Just keep breathing . . . . deeply!



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ADRIBURTON 2/4/2010 11:35AM

    Kudos on not eating your emotions!!! And YAY for Spring! emoticon

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PINKCOCONUT 2/4/2010 11:16AM

    *phew* That's a whole lotta stuff!

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TIME4AFITME 2/4/2010 10:58AM

    What a week! But you did not turn to food! How great. Congrats on the house how exciting! Hope the back is ok and you should get it checked out! Next week will be better! Hang in there

Filakia koukla


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KNITTINGFROG 2/4/2010 10:51AM

    you won enough beer for a frat party and personal training sessions....Ok, turns out I read that as "and for personal training sessions" for which I was going to warn you against drunken exercise ;-)
Sounds like you had an eventful week, but next week sounds MUCH better, what with travelling and massage and facial. Have fun, and sending you courage to sort out the mundane things too.

You are a WARRIOR and a real inspiration, keep it up!!!!!

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CUBANJELLY 2/4/2010 10:48AM

    Hang in there, you can do it, you're strong and motivated!


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HUGMONKEYMOM 2/4/2010 10:27AM

    At least you got some good (beer and personal training, bought a house, PR) to go with the bad. You have had quite a week though, huh?

Hang in there, you'll make it through. Run off the stress darlin', You're a superstar.

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EKKING 2/4/2010 10:19AM

    WOW! That's a very busy 7 days past and future! Have a great trip!

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STINA6584 2/4/2010 10:10AM

    Man you've had a rough week! Kudos to you for holding it together and looking on the bright side of things!

For your back, try a heating pad and some gentle yoga stretches. That really helped my back when it was bothering me last week.

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DRAGONFLY1974 2/4/2010 10:06AM

    Way to go on the positive notes on there to trump the negative! You will not eat your stress! Enjoy the trip, the massage and the facial!

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ONLY_AS_HIGH 2/4/2010 10:00AM

    Craziness! Glad you're ok!

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MANDAO97 2/4/2010 9:55AM

    Considering all the challenges you've been given this week - you completely rocked it. I wish it had just been smooth sailing - and hope that next week is better - busy but happy.

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RAINTHIEF 2/4/2010 9:47AM

    Hang in there! emoticon emoticon

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JOOLIE3 2/4/2010 9:45AM

    Wow. You've got a ton going on. Be proud of yourself and patient as well. I got hung up over a sore ankle, which is nothing compared to what you've been through.

My condolences on kitty.

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    Yowz. that beats my ceiling falling in the living room. (Well, it's merely raining in there so far). Not eating the stress is a major victory!

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  I feel inadequate reading that! On a more serious note, go to the doctor regardless of it the backpain subsides. It's related to the accident and you need to have it documented. With that said, it may also NOT be a good idea to get a massage if your back is hurting. I know it sucks, but ask your doctor to be sure.

Congrats on beating your time and all of the rest of your accomplishments. Can I climb into your suit case? I like to fly.

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    Wow~~ You have a lot going on! Congrats on the new house and the trip across the atlantic. The massage and facial sound heavenly. Take care of your back and a big emoticon for trying to eat raw and clean and giving up caffine. You're doing GREAT!!!

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MEL_UNRAU 2/4/2010 9:28AM

    Congrats on not eating your emotions!!! That is such an amazing accomplishment! Be proud of yourself!!!!

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