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Sept Wrap-Up, Oct Goals – Overdue Blog!

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

OCTOBER 2011 GOALS

1) Continue running

2) STRETCH!!! Increase flexibility.

3) Cook once a week minimum

My goals for this month seem piddily, but with work picking up, workouts, eating, and being a mother to two sick-ish cats, I sense that I might get overwhelmed with too much. So 3 itty bitty goals it is.

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-----SEPTEMBER RECAP-----

Goal #1: Continue running 3x a week (except for Labor Weekend - 2 x that week)
emoticon I feel stronger than ever in my runs; it’s the mental part that needs work. I just have such a hard time in the first 20 minutes or so; after that, it’s cake walk. Who knows though, it might have been the heat. We’ll see how I do mentally now that it’s starting to get cooler.

Goal #2: Journal Daily
emoticon I tried to journal daily, but could not get into the habit. I tried to get into the habit every morning, but things started to get crazy around that time. I tried to get to it in the afternoons, but then either work stuff took over or I just too tired to do anything (mainly due to bad post-workout refueling – my bad!). I think I want to tackle this one day, but I probably need to first think of some good reasons of why I should be journaling daily to convince me to do it first. We shall see.

3) Spark Daily
emoticon I did check in daily, but I did the bare minimum, mainly just logging in food and workouts and occasionally comment on my fellow Sparkies’ status updates and blogs. I wish I could have been better at this, but life just took over, darn it.

4) Blog 1x/week
emoticon This was really hard. There was so much I wanted to say but I could not put it into words! Aside from being busy, I was also very preoccupied with my darling kitties who I found out both have early kidney disease. I’m still devastated, but trying to work past it by giving them lots of hugs and making their lives the best that I can.

BY THE NUMBERS...

Beginning Weight: 118 lbs

End Weight: 115 lbs

Run/Walk/Hike Mileage: 192.31 miles (43-44 mi/wk)

Calories Burned: 13,829

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FITNESS...

At this point in time, I cannot fathom *not* working out on a day that I am scheduled to. My morning workout is the foundation of my day; no workout = shaky day.

Now that I am closing in on my goal weight, however, I have been doing a lot of thinking about how I will be adjusting my workouts. Keep the same workouts and eat much more OR lessen workouts and eat a little more?

Personally, my workout regimen, as much as I adhere to it now, would be very hard to maintain over a long period of time. With the exception of my long runs, I may cap out my workouts to just 1 hour a day max. 1 hour I can do, 1+ hours is asking extra out of me which I am glad to do as long as it’s temporary.

HEALTHY LIVING...

Now that it’s not 1000 degrees outside, I have caught the cooking bug! The trick is finding recipes that are healthy but taste so good that DH has no clue that it’s healthy. (SNEAKY!!!)

Recently, I found the most-omg-fabulous recipe for Whole Wheat Pancakes that are 171.7 calories per serving (according to the recipe calculator using my products, I get 181 for TWO pancakes)! (Find it here: www.skinnytaste.com/2009/06/whole-wh
eat-pancakes.html
) I top it off with her to-die-for blueberry compote (located here: www.skinnytaste.com/2009/06/b
lueberry-compote.html
). I have been making double batches so I can have pancakes just about EVERY morning. Talk about a delicious way to start the day! What's more, these pancakes keep you full yet do NOT weigh you down; they are perfect before or after hard workouts and, if you freeze them, busy mornings.

If you have the time, I highly recommend you to peruse Skinnytaste’s easy and delicious recipes. Just don’t cruise hungry or you’ll be chewing your monitor.

MISC

I will post some progress pics this week.

My complaint at the moment is that my upper body is so much smaller than my lower body. My shoulder, arms, upper back and chest (grr) arms thinned out nicely, but my butt and legs have not changed much. If you were to see me from waist up, you’d think “Oh what a tiny woman!” From waist down: “Wow, that girl’s got some junk… and tree trunks!” *sigh* I am annoyed to say that my not-so-small-legs-to-begin-with, if anything, have gotten bigger, I think from the hikes, walks and runs. Oh well. Thank you Maker for “blessing” me with a small upper body and gigantically muscular legs as well as a generous trunk. Now if only you can make pants that can fit me well.

More later, thanks for reading!

  
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TABBYJO88 10/5/2011 12:50AM

    It sounds like you are doing really good. Keep up the good work. And it is good to put your goals out for everyone to see that should help you with them. Sorry to hear about the sick kitties, hope they get better soon.

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PROT358 10/5/2011 12:03AM

    Sounds like you are generally doing really, really well. It's a shame about the sick cats. I have four myself, so I can imagine what you're going through. I hope they can recover. Keep us posted!

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ELISA322 10/4/2011 6:17AM

    I love Gina's food blog! I've tried a few of her chicken recipes, she's awesome. I've also caught the cooking bug lately, particularly baking. I'll have to try the pancakes.

Congrats on the weight loss! Mine has definitely stalled, not sure if it is due to marathon training or what. I can't get into blogging daily too, I've tried and I have the same problem - so much to say but when then I get writer's block or something!

Keeping your kitties in my thoughts!

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Q. What does a Type A do when she gets sick?

Friday, September 09, 2011

A. Add "Buy Dayquil" to the list!

Even though I am a goal-oriented person, I do not think I have always been Type A. Whereas I am easily motivated by goals, if a situation does not feed into any of my goals, I have been known to act far more careless than a responsible adult should. Example: Considering 5 minutes late to be ... ahem! ... early, finding the point of where and when a snooze button stops working, etc.

But thanks to SP, these are now just past memories!

I didn't notice a difference until recently that I am mostly now punctual. When it comes time to workout in the morning, I put on my workout outfit and go. (I do whine, but I tell myself to put a sock in it) I am for the most part on top of laundry and dish washing at home. I was even mad at myself to succumbing to outside pressure of procrastinating on work stuff this past weekend! (As in, I wanted to get on it, others told me to leave it alone)

While I am plenty excited about this new characteristic about myself, there is a downside.

After having a busier Labor Weekend than planned and then being INSANELY Tuesday and Wednesday, I'm afraid I've befallen to some kind of nasty virus or some sort. While driving to my Wednesday evening hike, I felt an onset of soreness take over my throat. I completed the hike just fine (in 99 degree heat, no less!), and continued to workout Thursday morning even though I didn't feel good. My excuse was, "I am not feverish and according to this one site on the internet, I'm okay to workout as long as the discomfort is above the shoulders. And really, it's just a walk and nothing too strenuous." Let me tell you: it was SO hard to complete that workout. But I did it anyway and tried to rest the rest of the day (intermittently completing tasks screaming my name). Then today, I woke up feeling like I somewhat got my throat back. Good, right? That's what I thought! I raced out the door and not only ran in fabulously hilly terrain, but went all out in my cardio with hill repeats. Later in the shower, I felt the cold move into my lungs. Furthermore, I felt like I was drunk driving to the post office a little later. Nice.

So now I am on orders by my lovely DH to rest for the day, but he is also a super great DH by promising to bring me home some DayQuil so I can, ah, continue with my weekend activities that include our weekend hike. Yes, I know. I'm a dingbat and my dingbat moments run deep at times. But I promise that I won't even think about climbing up there if I at all feel worse. Which means I need to badly rest tonite. *heart racing*

But while I am up here talking about doing things that you shouldn't be doing but do anyway, I do want to issue a public service announcement:

DO NOT WORKOUT WHEN YOU ARE SICK!!! Or any respiratory discomfort of any kind!

I know most of you are much smarter than me in this regard, but I just wanted to get that out in case there are fellow Sparkies out there that share my shiny new Type A characteristic with a side of dingbat-ness.

Okay, enough typing and more resting, which I will, after I complete my running todo list for the day.



P.S. To my fellow SparkFriends, I really want to read your blogs! I've been slacking in doing anything remotely Spark-y except for logging in workouts and food. Hopefully things will slow down enough (and the DayQuil will kick in) and I can make my rounds and get inspired by you all again. emoticon

  
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KITRAE2 9/12/2011 11:29AM

    I, too, hope that you are feeling better. A work-mate of mine has bronchitis and tried to go hiking this past weekend....she ended up sitting with her hiking mate and chatting in the woods for a while.

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TALULAX- 9/10/2011 4:57AM

    I hope you get to feelin better soon! Do take good care of yourself and get the rest you need. emoticon *giggles* I am glad to see I am not the only one that has a "to do list" written out. I think what I enjoy most is scratching off the tasks. Take Care! emoticon

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CHERWHOAH 9/10/2011 2:05AM

    I hope you get better soon! Most of the times i still work out, but that's because i work out in my living room, i wouldn't run or walk in case I pass out :X do you have a RoadID?

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COMPASS_ROSE 9/9/2011 8:04PM

    I hope you feel better real soon!

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Worries! :(

Saturday, September 03, 2011



I don't meant to be a downer, however, I admit that I am struggling at the moment.

It has to do with my cat - aka my "fur-son." Yes, yes, he's just a cat, but he is THE love of my life. I rescued him at 4 weeks old from a construction site, went through countless of nipples trying to bottle feed that little guy, and taught him cat things like jumping and such. So it would be natural (at least to me!) to think of the little guy as my own SON, albeit a furry one with humongous green eyes and a tail striped like the Cheshire Cat.

Well, my 11-year-old "baby" is now a regular vomiter. It mostly occurs in the early mornings and late at night, and most afternoons he is okay. He will hurl anything from his food to only spit when his tummy's empty. It crushes me to hear his little "meow," see him shake a few and then blhuuuuueh!!! - assault my floors with a warm, liquid prize. I have a sneaking suspicion that this somewhat triggered his bout of kitty acne too, which seems to be getting better through applications of hydrogen peroxide, but it's still quite present.

Thankfully, my wonderful vet is open on Sundays, so he'll be going in tomorrow screeching, howling and claws out like a little ninja (and if he poops in the carrier, at least I will have a stool sample *sigh*). I'm hoping it will be a simple thing like an acidic stomach and not something devastating like the beginnings of kidney failure and the sort. Actually, I might request a full senior panel just in case, even though it's going to cost bucks. I'm just so grateful to my DH for fully supporting the vet visit, even though we are struggling financially at the moment.

In the meantime, I am researching the heck out of his symptoms and reading up on senior cat care so I will not be a blank paper with the doc tomorrow. At the same time, I think I keep looking for information to prove that he will have to be put down tomorrow or in the near future - GAH!!! Actually, I doubt the latter; his energy is otherwise pretty good, he is still interested in sending poor flies to meet their maker, and he's still attached to my hip. Although I have to accept that he will be gone one day, I should probably stop thinking and wondering about the pain I'd feel when it comes time to lose my little guy (for now).

At the moment, he is out cold on my other cat's favorite cat bed - at least until she finds out, at which time she will hiss and use her dainty brown paw to swat the heck out of her brother until he vacates. Hopefully I can bring him home tomorrow with solutions that will start his healing so that he can keep his food down from here on out. For now, I will just have to wait and see (and clean up more vomit in real time).



P.S. If you have any experience with this, please let me know! I'm hungry for info and people's experiences.

  
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ELISA322 9/4/2011 2:14PM

    Oh this is hard. :( I can relate as I have senior dogs and I also think of them as my kids. I have lost sleep worrying about them, especially when they get sick... so I totally understand. I hope your kitty is getting better and wish I had some advice to give. Sending healing thoughts his way.

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DRAGONFLY180 9/3/2011 11:01PM

    i understand completely! i just had to take my furbaby (a 50 lb hound dog named jake who is 12 years old) to the vet. over the past 3 months, he has suffered through heart worm treatment, kidney infection, and possibly a second kidney infection today (or the one two weeks ago never went away, i think). he has had it rough, and it breaks my heart to leave him up there, but the vet knows best. i know i'll one day have to say goodbye, and knowing that makes me cherish the silly or sweet moments i have with him day to day. hope you find out good news for your furbaby and he gets over this quickly!

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TALULAX- 9/3/2011 7:51PM

    Oh, goodness. I am so sorry to hear you are going through this. I know what it feels like. Just a year ago my yorkie rescue Loki died. It was devastating except I knew it was coming. He had congestive heart failure, enlarged liver, and a whole other host of problems. He was on meds and saw the vet at least once a month. Luckily I had pet insurance so I was able to give him the best care available. I told the vet at anytime he is in extreme pain we have to discuss our options but he never was. He was happy and comfortable up until the day he passed away on a soft bed of grass in the warm sunshine with me next to him. Call me crazy but I had him cremated. The funeral home that did it even took locks of his hair and did a clay heart with his tiny paw print in it. I miss him so much still but that is life. We give them our best and love them but we still out live them- which sucks! Maybe your little guy has developed a sensitivity to his food? Hopefully its something that small and nothing else. With him being a senior kitty I would look into pet insurance. It was the best thing I ever did with my pets! Best of luck to you and your cute little guy! Keep us posted on how he is doing. emoticon emoticon

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GOALS: September 2011 - with pics!

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

SEPTEMBER 2011 GOALS

1) Continue running 3x a week (except for Labor Weekend - 2 x that week)

2) Journal Daily

3) Spark Daily

4) Blog 1x/week


-----AUGUST RECAP-----

BLOGGING...

I'm not sure why I didn't really blog much in August. I think that when I sit down to type, I get this great big mental block that overcomes my fingers on the keyboard. And really, I think, do people really want to read about my workouts? Boooring! Snooooze! Nap-a-riffic!!!

On the other hand, I really do enjoy reading other people's blogs. People's experiences help me grow and feel as an individual. So in that aspect, I may have to just think about blogging more about my journey than just listing facts and numbers. I'll have to think about that.


BY THE NUMBERS...

Beginning Weight: 120 lbs

End Weight: 118 lbs

Run/Walk/Hike Mileage: 200.60 miles (45-46 mi/wk)

Calories Burned: 13,917


FITNESS...

I definitely feel the HEALTHIEST since I got back on track in March. Running is becoming easier for me, which means I can probably start training soon for a half-marathon January ... We will see! (Depends how moody and grumpy my ankle gets...)

At this point, workouts are autonomous with me. When it's about that time, I get dressed and run out the door, no matter how much I whine. I am probably tougher than any boot camp instructor when it comes to getting me to workout!

Of course, I think it totally helps to look forward to scenes like this in one's running route:



Isn't it gorgeous??? Reminds me of Tuscany hillsides in the summer. And a giant glass of Chianti.


HEALTHY LIVING...

While the fitness thing is a robotic function for me, eating is a WHOLE 'NUTHER STORY.

I am doing better by including cupcakes into my weeks, but I still fight the guilt. I am just so scared that 1 cupcake will turn into a landslide of cakes, cookies, Twinkies, etc. I started adjusting my cupcake nights with my DH by cutting it in half and saving it for another night, then sharing that half with my DH next time. It's working out so far and, best of all, I get to eat those fabulous Sprinkles cupcakes 2 days instead of 1!

Another habit I'm trying to pick up is batch cooking on Sundays. I'm a pretty easy eater during the week; I can eat the same thing over and over as long as it takes a zap of the microwave oven. This past Sunday, I made oven roasted veggies - delish!!! It's amazing that something as dull tasting as carrots (to me, anyway!) can roast into buttery sweetness that should belong in a candy store instead of my plate. Here are some pics (sorry they're fuzzy... iphone pics):





By the way, the thing next to carrots is Au Gratin Potatoes for my DH... Not me!

I am so EXTREMELY excited about my local movie theater. Where I live, we have your typical AMC and Pacific Theaters, but my absolute favorite is now the Arclight. I will no longer visit any other theater not because of there unbelievable sound and stellar quality of the picture itself... It's because they actually offer HEALTHY choices now! And I'm not talking about those stupid fruit snacks that AMC tries to offer. Pffffft. I'm talking REAL fruit. Check it out:



Can you believe...!!!! Arclight is the best.

MISC

One of the my most effective tools I have used (aside from the Nutrition Tracker) is taking pictures of my progress.

Back in March, I hoo-booed myself out of doing so, full-well knowing that when I started losing weight, I will regret it. I was 130 lbs (fyi - I'm extremely short at 5'0, so that would mean my BMI was 25.4, in the Overweight category) and slowly started growing out of all my clothes. What I could wear were dumpy and quite out of fashion years ago, so imagine my enthusiasm to stand in front of my mirror and flash a pic. And that's too bad because I wish I could see it today to compare!

Over the weekend I FINALLY took pictures of myself. So ... without further ado...





That is moi at 118 lbs... 12 lb loss since March, 7 (6 pounds loss with SP!)

I think one of the important things about healthy living is not comparing yourself to anyone, not even your past selves. In a aligning myself with that thought, I will be taking down my old skinny pics of me in order to focus on me in the present, and replacing them with pics of me in the present. I think that should help me focus on what's in front of me instead of behind. And anyway, I always feel so disappointed in myself when I see those pictures. :/

Well that's it for now. Enjoy the last days of summer, Sparkies! Before you know it, Thanksgiving will be banging down our door.

  
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CHERWHOAH 9/5/2011 1:31PM

    I'm the same way with eating! i can eat the same thing everyday as long as its simple. I usually have salad with cottage cheese for lunch at work but i'll admit that last week was bad for me. I think it's ok to look at your old pics to remind yourself of what you could be, but everyone approaches their goal differently.

That sunflowers look gorgeous! I'd run more if I got to see something beautiful like that!

Cupcakes truly are evil, I started looking at what my local cupcakery had for their monthly special and it's blackberry cobbler!! But my cousin talked me out of it :X

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DRAGONFLY180 9/3/2011 10:37AM

    love the sunflowers pic! it must be really nice to run there. way to go on taking new pics. you look great! best wishes on managing your september goals!

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TALULAX- 9/3/2011 1:24AM

    I think your goals for the month are great! I think blogging is an important key because it lets us support you in your journey. No matter how boring you think your workout maybe you just might be giving tips to others or motivating others to move! emoticon Those rosted veggies look so yummy! emoticon I think you are right to take down the old skinny pics especially if they make you feel disappointed. You have such a great positive attitude about your journey and you dont need that negativity. I am the same though when it comes to that- and I dont even look at the pics anymore. Instead I look at my pics now to motivate me. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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3 Year Sparkiversary!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Happy 3rd Sparkiversary to me!!!

What I've learned from SP:
1) Diets FAIL! Healthy living WINS! Weight loss stage is a time of practice for Maintenance Mode.
2) There is room for a cupcake in healthy living emoticon
3) Emotional and mindless eating can't be beat, but can be managed
4) Water is my bff

What progresses I have made:
1) Injuries and depression stopped me from running for awhile, but I keep getting back up. emoticon
2) I am getting a hold of my eating with the trusty Nutrition Tracker!

Greatest triumphs:
1) During my first bout with SP, I ran 17 miles - my longest mileage to date (before that nasty injury kept me from running for a few months)! I hope to get back there again soon, but this time injury-free.
2) I showed myself what I can really do healthy living when I put my mind to it!

SP friends, thank you SO much for being there for me. I can't possibly describe how much I needed it to accomplish what I have during the last three years.

Here's to a 4th year!

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LW8843 8/26/2011 3:36PM

    AWESMOE outlook!! Keep it up girl.

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2BLEAN_N_FIT_AZ 8/24/2011 5:15PM

    Happy Spark-Anniversary classmate. It was great to see you back on Spark! Keep the flame burning bright!

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DAWNO64 8/24/2011 1:30PM

    Happy Sparkversary Annie!! I'm so glad you came back. You're a fantastic motivator and we need more people like you around!!

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KICKINGIT@56 8/22/2011 1:29AM

    Past success with exercise is usually a good predictor of future success. I am sure you will reach your goal again (only this time without the injuries, please)

Sometimes you have to push with your heart until the body catches up.

All the best for the upcoming year.

God bless

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MINICOOPER452 8/21/2011 10:58AM

    AWESOME Kitty! So glad that you've put down in writing what you've discovered in the past three years. Not only is it great for you, but amazingly beneficial for others to take note! Congrats!

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DRAGONFLY180 8/21/2011 12:28AM

    woohoo! you are inspiring me to get back on the road. i have definitely let my running slip this past month. :o/
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THISYEARSMODEL 8/21/2011 12:23AM

    Congratulations, and Happy Anniversary!!!! emoticon

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