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25 days to go. . .

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Hi all,
Itís been a long while again but Iíve got great news! I started my new job! Last Monday was the first day and although I donít know nearly enough to actually make a difference, I already have so many ideas and canít wait to implement them!

So, after my last blog, I had two weeks where I was wrapping up everything at my old job. I was in a bit of a ďscrew itĒ stage which worked out really well for me health wise. I was still doing Seattle Suttonís, although I did stop it at the end of this two weeks. And because I just didnít care about work anymore, I was going to the gym over lunch a lot. The first of these two weeks I went every day but I didnít go the last three days there. I was really in ďwrap it upĒ mode making sure everybody knew as much as they could before I left and I did lunch one day with my SIL who worked nearby.

After that I took a week off prior to starting my new job. I decided to take the girls to visit my parents who have been in AZ since the day after Christmas for my momís job. I spent the first couple of days getting ready for the trip and we were there Wednesday through Sunday. It was really good to see them but taking a 16 month old on vacation without dad was tough. Thankfully Chelsea was extremely helpful but it wasnít much of a vacation for me. Linnea wasnít sleeping well or eating well so I was insanely tired the whole time we were there but we still managed to do at least one activity every day. Iím glad we went though! We ate out a lot but we also did a lot of tours and hiking. We went to the Desert Museum which involved a lot of walking. I had Punky in a Boba (similar to an Ergo if you are familiar with that) which meant I was carrying around an extra 23lbs all day. We also spent a day at Kratchner Caverns which was spectacular. Again I had Linnea on me the whole time. She LOVED the caves but chatted a bit more than the others on our tour would have liked!! The day after that my dad took us on a two mile hike through Sabino Canyon. This was a lot of fun. Linnea was on my back again and just before we were finished she fell asleep. She was beat! She went home and slept a lot while C, my mom and I had a little girls night that involved maniís, pediís and dinner. And on the last day my dad and I went on a solo run/hike at Sabino Canyon early in the morning. He took me on his favorite trail that was a little more difficult than the one we did the day before. All in all it was a good vacation that was a strange mix of lots of rest but none at all.

Now Iíve been at my new job since last Monday. Having a gym in the building again is fantastic! I got my gym card last Wednesday and have been able to get down there Thursday, Friday and yesterday! I ran all three days and got between 2.5 and probably 2.65 miles in each time. And, it was finally nice outside this last weekend so I took Linnea out of about a mile and a half walk on Saturday and other two or so miles on Sunday during Cís volleyball tournament while her team was refíing a match. (Thankfully Linnea is actually enjoying her stroller this year which will make my spring/summer/fall a lot easier!) My legs are a bit stiff after five days straight of running and walks so today Iíll hop on the elliptical for a 5-10 minute warm up but Iíll spend most of lunch doing yoga/ST. And for food, I would love to get back on Seattle Suttonís for a bit longer but itís just too expensive. I knew it wasnít going to be anything long term and was using it more as a way to get back to portion control and as a jump start and it did the job. The other plus side was that it gave me a lot of meal options that I wouldnít have necessarily thought about before. And I did manage to lose about 10-13 lbs or so which was awesome! So now, Iím trying to focus on what Iím eating and incorporating some of the things I got from SS like smaller portions, fruit/veggies with every meal, fewer desserts, etc.

So thatís a real quick summary of the last month! I hope youíve all been well and hopefully Iíll get back to making more frequent appearances this month!

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LOPEYP 4/3/2014 8:35AM

    Great vacation - lots of activity but a much needed mental recharge.
Good job on the weight loss. I've never heard of Seattle Sutton. Is it one of those plans where you eat their food?
Congrats on the new job!

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4EVERADONEGIRL 4/1/2014 2:37PM

    Awesome!! Sounds like you've been living life and having fun! Keep at it!

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REMEMBER2BME 4/1/2014 1:59PM

    Outstanding job on all you are doing (vacation, eating right, exercising) and I am so glad the new job seems to be a great fit.

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SEATTLESIMS 4/1/2014 1:38PM

    Sounds like a busy and fun few weeks! Great job on the workouts and activity! Hope you enjoy the new job and all the perks!
I like the idea of using the meal plans to help reset portions and food choices.. great outlook/idea! Have fun!

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ARUNNINGKAT 4/1/2014 12:25PM

    You have been a very busy girl! Sounds like you have had a lot of fun too! So glad your new job is working out to be a positive thing

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53 days to go. . . AND GREAT NEWS!!

Monday, March 03, 2014

Hi everybody! I have some great news to share!

If youíve been reading any of my blogs for the past year, you likely know that Iíve been very unhappy with the job I took back in April of last year. The stress of the job, the commute and not having a fitness center in the building have really taken a toll on me. I made a lot of improvements in the work which really cut down on the stress. And Iíd decided to make fitness a priority again and joined the gym here, even though itís a few blocks away and takes much longer to get a workout in, which helped a lot also. But I cannot change the commute and itís been hard. Very very hard. Iím gone 11-12 hours most days and Iím still not getting in a full 8 hour day which means Iím not getting workouts in and Iím having to log on at home.

So after interviewing with a few places, I got a job! Iím very excited about it. The company does something that I find very interesting and is the type of company you can feel good about working for as they are doing something that is benefiting the communities they are in. It will cut my drive time nearly in half which is fantastic. There is a fitness center in the building and they only charge $10 a year to pay for key card access. And Iíll have my car again (no more public transit!!!) which means I can also run errands over lunch breaks again. I will be away from home from about 7:00 am to about 5:30 pm which will include a full workday and a workout! Plus I got a raise in both my base salary and my bonus potential. AND, possibly the best part, itís casual every day!! I can throw away my work clothes!!

Iím so happy and cannot wait to start. And in the meantime, Iíve got 10 business days left at my job and I plan to work out on 9 of them. I have to leave early to pick up Linnea today so I wonít today but every other day I will be there because I QUIT!!! Iíll make sure the work gets done but Iím not going to stress about any of it!

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SUGIRL06 3/10/2014 7:07PM

    OMG that is awesome!!! I have a long commute also and it just kills me. I am constantly wishing I had a 9-5 again so I totally feel your pain and excitement! WOOHOO!!!

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4EVERADONEGIRL 3/4/2014 12:56PM

    AWESOME news!!!! So happy to hear that you have this opportunity! Get it, girlie!!

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MNCYCLIST 3/4/2014 7:18AM

    That's great news, good for you!

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    Doing the happy dance for you

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SEATTLESIMS 3/3/2014 6:07PM

    What great news! that is wonderful to find a new job that you are so excited about on so many levels! Very happy for you! Enjoy wrapping up these last 2 weeks at the old job!

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LOPEYP 3/3/2014 1:20PM

    emoticon news! I am happy for you. Will be a plus for the family too.

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REMEMBER2BME 3/3/2014 11:48AM

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This is just AMAZING news. I a, so very happy for you!!!!!

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ARUNNINGKAT 3/3/2014 11:37AM

    Congrats on the new job! It sounds like a much better arrangement for you.

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59 days to go. . .

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Hi all! Gosh itís been awhile. Hereís a quick recap of what has (and hasnít) been going on in the last week.

Last Monday Ė Bankers Holiday. I had to watch my 4 yo nephew for my sister whose daycare closed unexpectedly and promised C Iíd take her to finally do her Christmas returns and use her Christmas giftcards. No work = no workout.

Last Tuesday - Super busy day at work. Couldnít take a lunch.

Wednesday Ė I had an interview that went really, really well. Itís not as close to home as Iíd like but itís better than my current commute. Then when I went to leave, the brakes in my car were out. (The brake sign came on before I got to the interview so I donít think another candidate was seeking to off the competition!) Needless to say this ate up the rest of my day and no workout happened.

Thursday Ė I had to work from home because I had no car, so no workout happened.

Friday Ė Major snow storm hits MN and the roads are total rubbish. Had to work from home again so no workout happened.

Saturday/Sunday Ė Paul was out of town all weekend so I had to do Linnea alone. No workouts happened.

Monday Ė Got to work at 9:45 because the roads are still absolute crap. I couldnít stay late and cannot justify a long lunch when Iím only working for 6 hours. No workout happened.

Today Ė repeat of yesterday.

So yeah, all that progress I made running. . .25 minutes straight!!!. . . probably down the tubes. I sincerely hope I get to work at a decent time tomorrow so I can go run.

And Thursday Ė working from home because I have a second interview!!! I will, will, will do a DVD at home.

On the plus side, Iím still doing Seattle Suttons so food has been mostly good. Iíve ďcheatedĒ a few times but not too bad.

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REMEMBER2BME 2/25/2014 7:04PM

    emoticon Good luck on the interview.
emoticon On the food and ... it is what it is on the fitness. All you can do is all you can do. You will be so much more motivated and energized when you get back into your routine. It may actually even work out better in the end.

You got this! emoticon

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SEATTLESIMS 2/25/2014 6:22PM

    Well, there will be weeks like that huh? But good new is, you sound determined to squeeze in those workouts anyway. And sticking with your food is great in of it's own!
Hope the roads get better for you!

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ARUNNINGKAT 2/25/2014 6:18PM

    Sometime life is like that and you just have to do what you can do and not get too stressed out. Sounds like the weather has been really nasty where you are.

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71 days to go. . .

Friday, February 14, 2014

Hi all. Today is the day I get an OíHenry bar!! Can you tell Iím so excited about it? emoticon I can hardly wait to go to the gym and get back because then I get to eat it!!

So I have to say, yesterday I did really well! I stuck to my SS food. I did eat a ďcupcakeĒ that I made for Linneaís daycare but they were chocolate pumpkin muffins disguised as cupcakes and I was running low on calories since I didnít drink the milk or have a snack yesterday. I called that even. And I did eat two cookies but they were thin mints and they were only 80 calories. And as much as I wanted to eat the pizza everybody else was having, I ate my stuffed shells and just had a piece of pepperoni that Chels peeled off of her pizza. Overall, I stayed at 1,500 calories and that is what Iím aiming for.

PS: The Brussels Sprouts yesterday were just as bad as I thought theyíd be. I left five on the plate. And I didnít eat the two mini oranges either so I was actually probably under 1500.

Today was kind of a bummer when I saw breakfast. Banana bread is great but a giant orange was part of the meal. I traded it out for an apple I had on hand. Lunch is called Napa Cabbage Salad and it comes with a piece of chocolate zucchini bread. I think Iíll save that for tonight since Iím getting a bar for lunch. And I think dinner tonight is a fish dish. Hopefully itís good. Iím a little bummed because for years weíve been getting the heart shaped pizza from Papa Murpheyís for valentineís day dinner and if we get it, I wonít be eating it.

On the BIG plus side, two days in a row my boss (who happens to be a friend of mine) mentioned that she could really tell that Iíve been losing weight! The diet plus exercise is really paying off already!

Over lunch today I will be running. I will give it my all to get to 22 minutes of straight running. So far this week I got 20 minutes straight on Monday and 21 minutes straight Wednesday. Can I get to 22 today? Weíll see!! (But really, when I get even 5 minutes straight Iím pretty happy!!)

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4EVERADONEGIRL 2/18/2014 6:31PM

    Just catching up and girl you've been busy! Way to go and keep it up!

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REMEMBER2BME 2/14/2014 2:35PM

    What a fantastic blog. I am however way behind. I need to catch up. It sounds like you are doing GREAT!

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SEATTLESIMS 2/14/2014 12:26PM

    great work on the food choices and exercise! you are rocking it! Have a great Friday and enjoy that OHenry bar after your workout! Happy Valentines right?!

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LOPEYP 2/14/2014 12:23PM

    emoticon you are doing great!!

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ARUNNINGKAT 2/14/2014 12:02PM

    There is nothing better than people starting to notice your hard work! Have a wonderful run!

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72 days to go. . .

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Another day down.

I cheated again yesterday. Damn girl scouts!! Two girl scout cookies and a package of peanut butter crackers. I need Paul to take those cookies out of the house. Itís cold enough to store them in his truck right? He can eat them to his heartís desire in his truck! Other than that I did pretty good.

Today is probably my least favorite day of food on SS so far. 1) I hate oranges and there were two in the breakfast meal. They are currently sitting on my desk waiting for me to maybe eat them. 2) The lunch has a ton of Brussels sprouts. Iím not sure how I feel about them as Iíve never had them but they do not sound delicious. Weíll see. Dinner is stuffed pasta shells which sounds delicious so Iím looking really forward to that!

I got to the gym again today too! Everyday Iíve been at work Iíve gone which is great! I did 35 minutes on the elliptical. It was actually a good workout. I did a kind of climb on it.

Minutes Resistance Direction
4 5 Forward
2 7 Backward
4 6 Forward
2 8 Backward
4 7 Forward
2 9 Backward
4 8 Forward
2 10 Backward
4 9 Forward
2 11 Backward
5 Cool down

And unfortunately, my shoulder is acting up again. I thought it was from Punkers sleeping with me when she was sick last week but she didnít last night (thankfully she got over hand foot and mouth pretty quickly!) but I did sleep on my side and that is the side hurting. So no weights or anything afterwards. Iíve been doing a bit of yoga after running each day and I couldnít have done that if I tried.

Also, I told myself if I go to the gym four times this week (as many days as Iím in the office this week) I can treat myself to an OíHenry bar on Friday. I can taste it! My mouth is literally watering as I write this! Guess whoís going to the gym for sure tomorrow?!?! This girl!

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REMEMBER2BME 2/14/2014 3:14PM

    I agree. I know my DH bought cookies as well. If I have one... NOT good! Yes, indeed they will be perfectly fine in the truck. No doubt about it.

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JILLIANPRNCSS 2/14/2014 8:58AM

    Something to look forward to

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SEATTLESIMS 2/13/2014 7:11PM

    Great job on the workouts! And hang tough on those cookies.. you can do it.
hmm.. have you tried a little anti-inflam on the shoulder? ice? take it easy and rest it and hopefully it will get better soon!
Have a great Thursday night and enjoy those pasta shells. I like brussel sprouts, but I'm sure it is all in how you prepare them!

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ARUNNINGKAT 2/13/2014 4:24PM

    Those evil little cookies will get you every time! emoticon

It sounds like you are really rocking this week! Sorry about the sore arm though! That is no fun at all!

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