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What do you write about when you have nothing to say?

Thursday, September 02, 2010

Oh, don't get me wrong, I have plenty to say. I wish I was more of a writer, since I seem to have trouble getting on paper what's in my head.

So, guys, I'm sitting this one out.
My day went well, my food was in range, it's late, I'm tired (and apparently irritable), and I still have to finish my laundry.

Cool blog, huh?


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LILABE11 9/10/2010 2:31AM

    Somehow I missed this blog, but I love it!

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JUST_DEBORAH 9/9/2010 9:53AM

    Real life!

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ANGELICA254 9/5/2010 10:28AM

    Perfect blog. Sounds like most of my days! emoticon

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SPARKYWATSON 9/2/2010 9:53AM

    I've got way too much in my head to blog about most times. So instead, I tend to drop comment bombs on other people's blogs.


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MAPETERSON42 9/2/2010 8:52AM

    We're supposed to be writing daily? Oops! I'll be back in a bit (maybe)

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ELYMWX 9/2/2010 8:36AM

    Sometimes short and sweet is all it takes.

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MALEXANDER4 9/2/2010 7:11AM

    Oh the chores never end. I understand completly. Sometimes I want to blog but what to blog about when the days all seem the same. Glad you did good today. Me too...we are going to see the finish line very soon my friend.

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    Tired and irritable ... that should produce some of the best blogs!

I don't know, I don't feel obligated to blog every day, but I probably do more days than not. I would say if you don't have much to say or don't care to share, then don't. Whatever works for you.

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60SIXTY 9/2/2010 6:36AM

    emoticonI assume you drank your water. Have a great day.

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KNITTABLES 9/2/2010 3:17AM

    It's perfect, nothings wrong with this blog. emoticon

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TRIXEL 9/2/2010 1:12AM

    Works for me! :P


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FITANDFIFTY2 9/2/2010 1:05AM

    Sounded good to me,, how well I understand. emoticon

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So that's it - the end of August

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

September sounds so much like fall, and yet, here is SoCal it's usually a hot hot month. I'm not complaining, I'll take hot over cold any day.

September also means that it's the end of my exercise break. So starting tomorrow it's back to the gym and back to 30 Day Shred. I'll alternate the levels this month, just for fun.
I did log 1760 activity minutes during August.

Today was school registration for my junior junior. He actually went and registered; I have a receipt and new school ID right here to prove it. When I got up this morning, he was already in the shower. Glad he made this choice, cause it's not like I can drag him there. I'm thinking, maybe all's not lost (yet) after all.

And my walk to work almost got sabotaged again, but this time not by eager coworkers. The park and ride was jam packed full this morning. Not a single spot anywhere. What's up with that? Since I really did not want to drive to work (I so enjoy my daily walk), I drove to the overflow parking lot, which was jammed as well. Ended up squeezing in next to some chain link fence. Good thing I have a rather small car. But, I missed the train. Good thing there is always a next one.

Food wise I can say that I probably didn't make brilliant choices today, but I stayed within my range. I've been tracking since Saturday and I'll continue to do so in September.

That's all, Folks.

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JUST_DEBORAH 9/1/2010 1:24PM

    I am so jealous of your weather!! Living in IL I dread the end of summer for we have such darn lonnnnng winters!!!

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MALEXANDER4 9/1/2010 7:08AM

    I've been on track since monday myself. I know that is only a couple of days but for me and the munchy monster that is pretty awesome. My goal is five good days a week. More would be awesome. Now get ready, get set, and lets' go, we have a goal to meet.......the magic number is waiting for us. Michelle.

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    Ya, I'm a heat lover too. September does sound like fall. In MI, it's definitely a transition month, in GA, not so much.

Enjoying the walk, eh? That's cool.

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Why is it so hard to comprehend...

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

... that people choose to walk, even if they don't have to?

No, it's not a trick question. Many of my coworkers and friends just don't seem to understand why anybody would walk to work if they have a perfectly good running car in the driveway.

First question always is: "Is your car in the shop?"
And when I say no, people get very curious as to my motivation.

I explain that this is my way of getting in more active time during the day, and inevitably I get offered a ride. :)

I've probably been offered more rides during the month of August than during my entire life time... (Slight exaggeration here, but I'm trying to make a point.)

After an entire month of doing my new routine, people still seem to be stunned every morning, when I arrive at work wearing my walking shoes. Those, by the way, come off during the day and are being replaced by office/business friendly footwear.

It's almost like a game and everybody is wondering when I'll accept that ride to the train station. Well, let's say, unless there is an emergency and I have to get there fast - NEVER!

In other news: My day today went well.
I had my food planned out, but had to make some changes as the day went on in order to accommodate a third of a cinnamon roll. :) It's all good, I'm well within my range.

Time for some emoticon

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SIMPLE_IS_BEST 9/1/2010 11:18PM

    I'd chalk it up to them being jealous that you are being so healthy, and trying to make themselves feel better by making you question yourself. Maybe if you encourage these people to start walking to work too, they'll change there attitudes!

I'm walking my son to and from school each day now that he's in kindergarten and it amazes me when I see people who only live a few BLOCKS from the school, driving their kid to school! I mean, one lady drives her daughter to school (it would be about a 5 minute walk), drives back home, then takes her dog out for a walk - right past the school! There is no explaining some people.

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KNITTABLES 8/31/2010 3:17PM

    Glad your sticking to your walking and staying strong on your new lifestyle.

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SPARTAN40 8/31/2010 12:13PM

    Way to go! That's a great change and way to work exercise into your regular day. At some point maybe your co-workers will get it.

In the mean time, celebrate the fact that you're working wtih nice people. At least they are offering to give you rides instead of giving you dirty looks. It's too bad they can comprehend the point, but at least they seem like nice people!

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GEODAWG 8/31/2010 12:12PM

    You must not live in a hot zone to be able to walk and then go to work without a shower! Good for you. I cannot walk from my bedroom to the living room here in dear ole FL w/o breaking into a major sweat!

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TEDYBEAR2838 8/31/2010 11:15AM

    I'm so proud of you for going outside the norm and walking to work.

Your rewards will be many and maybe you will inspire others to "Just walk" when they can, even it they can't walk to work.


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WILDVIOLETS 8/31/2010 9:44AM

    I have two small children. I would be afraid there would be an emergency and I wouldn't have transportation. On the other hand, I'd probably be too distraught to drive and need a ride anyway. Who knows! (after a year of being at the beck and call of my dying Grandmother, I am a little jumpy).

I am proud of you walking to work everyday. I wish I was getting some exercise.

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JUST_DEBORAH 8/31/2010 9:28AM

    Walking is good exercise and very relaxing. If it is not storming out - go for it!!!

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JULABELLE 8/31/2010 9:28AM

    People are lazy these days, and our culture here in the United States really revolves around automobiles, rather than walking or biking. You are stepping outside of the cultural norm, per se, and people are unused to that.

You know better than they do, and you are doing what makes you happy. Enjoy your walking, and ignore the idiots. emoticon

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ELYMWX 8/31/2010 9:10AM

    Strangely enough I don't get this, but then the people at work have all seen my transformation and know that walking was a huge part of it...

Mind you I did get a couple questions early on about the changing of the shoes...

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60SIXTY 8/31/2010 8:07AM

    emoticonI can't help it. I used to work 2 miles from my home. One summer, I was trying to walk it. I even had people asking me if I had lost my license to drive. People can be dense.

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    I can see this, well, I do see it all of the time. Even while playing sports, if I put in a little extra "oomph" people ask me "what are you doing?" Like putting in some extra physical effort while playing a sport is weird. My response is generally ... I'm a big boy, you worry about you and I'll worry about me. Deal?

Bottom line, you know what you're doing, they obviously don't have a clue. Keep walkin!

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MALEXANDER4 8/31/2010 7:18AM

    OH I know exactly what your saying. I walk every day at lunch. Hot, cold, muggy, sprinkling, I walk. People think i'm nuts. I eat the first half and walk the second. Helps me get in about 20-30 more minutes of exercise a day. Keeps me awake for the second half of my day and just plain makes me feel better. to those around us though we are nuts. I too have been offered a ride, I have to smile and say no thank you i'm just walking. Your doing fine. I'm proud of you and the strides your taking to reach goal. Keep up the great work. P.s I treak my meals all the time. lol.

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I signed up for some yoga classes today

Monday, August 30, 2010

Yes, I said I've never done yoga and that I wanted to try. So I signed up for a couple of classes at the Community College. First class is in two weeks. I'm very curious.

My day went well. I survived the church picnic. It was the usual fare: burgers, hot dogs, apple pie. So, I only had a couple of cups of coffee there and ate lunch when I got home. Neither burgers nor hot dogs sounded good.

I tracked all my food today & easily stayed within my range.
Also managed to get a 40 minute walk in. Nobody should work too hard on a Sunday :)

Tomorrow's lunch is brown-bagged and in the fridge, ready to grab in the morning. I love it, when I'm organized and motivated.

Here's to a great Monday!

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GRACEFULIFE 8/30/2010 9:56PM

    Here's hoping you have a good instructor and a style that agrees with what you want out of fitness as well as life. My own yoga journey is on hold while I get my butt kicked regularly by Shaun T!

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KNITTABLES 8/30/2010 8:50PM

    You did a great job today. have a great Monday.

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TEDYBEAR2838 8/30/2010 8:01AM

    WOW, you did great today. I'm so proud of you. Having lunch ready will be a great help to you.


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MALEXANDER4 8/30/2010 6:49AM

    I'm proud of you for taking steps towards your goals. Now if only I could do that. Not eating at the church picnic? awesome. i myself walked 45 min. and called it a day. Sunday's are suppose to be a day of rest. Now today back to it.

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    Will be interested to hear about your yoga experience. I enjoy some of it, but it's always something I kind of put on the back burner when sports, running or other outdoor activities come up. I wonder if I'll find more time for it in the winter.

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ELINTY 8/30/2010 12:57AM

  sounds like you had a great day! i hope you enjoy the yoga i love it it is good exercise especially if you have bad joints or just don't do well with aerobic type exercise it also helps your flexibility and strengths the long lean muscles in your body to make you look longer and leaner it is also good for your mind to help you focus in life. good luck with it,

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It's time to tweak it - some more - again

Sunday, August 29, 2010

During August I have increased my activity minutes by adding a 50 minute walk 4 days a week. I also did 25 days of the 30 Day Shred. (The last 5 will not get done this month.) In order to fit it all in I reduced my power tae aerobics to twice weekly. So far this month I've logged 1620 activity minutes.

I had also decided that during August I would not track my food. While I have managed to maintain, the past few days especially, I've been feeling like I'm afloat, drifting.

You know how it goes, you start strong, and without sufficient oversight and accountability, things start going by the wayside. Slowly at first, but progressively faster.

The month is not quite over, but since Sunday is the beginning of the SparkWeek (I still argue that any week should start on Monday, but oh well), my new action plan is going into effect immediately. Actually, I started it today.

1 - I will track my food again (calories, carbs, fats & protein. Nothing else.) Keeping it simple.

2 - I put my tracker on line for added accountability. (Boy, that was a huge debate!)

3 - I will continue with my 50 minute walks (2x 25 minutes to and from work) Monday thru Thursday.

4 - I'll restart the 30 Day Shred but only on non-power tae days and NEVER on Fridays (those are my long work days and they are absolutely useless as far as exercise is concerned). Actually, not true all together, I have managed to squeeze in a brief lunch walk, but never more than 30 minutes.

5 - I'll continue with twice weekly power tae aerobics.

6- Continued focus will also be on less couch time and more active time overall.

7 - I'll summarize daily via blog.

As for oversight and accountability - that's you, guys!
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FRAN0426 8/29/2010 8:50PM

    Kricket, your new planning seems ambitious and doable, glad to see you planned for no major workouts for Fridays with your hectic work schedule on that day. Remember, 30 minute walks also count, so be happy about them when you can slip one in at lunchtime.

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KNITTABLES 8/29/2010 6:39PM

    Great plan and congrat on putting up your tracker. Keep up the great job.

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    Looks like a sound plan. Of course, I like the tracking and daily summary.

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JULABELLE 8/29/2010 11:24AM

    Your commitment is admirable! Keep up the good work, and continue with the exercise that really motivates you.

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GRACEFULIFE 8/29/2010 10:53AM

    my understanding is that european calendars start on Monday... surprised they don't have a setting to that effect - but not sure how the week's start day much matters in using spark.

Changing up the plan whenever required, and tracking is never a bad choice. Sure you'll get it done!

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TEDYBEAR2838 8/29/2010 8:22AM

    Yea, on tracking your foods again. I am really afraid NOT TO. Right now anyway, maybe at goal, but I doubt it. We'll see how that goes.

Your goals are Super Fine!


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MALEXANDER4 8/29/2010 8:15AM

    I'm with you all the way. I started fresh saturday as that is my ww new week beginning. Again not monday but a beginning none the less. I need to get myself back on track or all this will be for naught. We can do this and we will do this. You have a great plan. I'm with you on this journey and together we can move mountains. Michelle

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