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October Derailment - I have a Plan

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Scary, how many years of building good habits and being diligent can reduce itself to almost nothing when you're not looking and when you're not paying attention.

During October, I let some life stresses and obstacles throw me off the track. I was (pre)occupied with stuff that needed my immediate attention, and in the process my healthy routine suffered.

I'm logging just a bit over 500 fitness minutes this month, down 50% from my goal of 1000.

I did not pay much attention to my food. However, here I have to say that knowing the good from the bad and the healthy from the unhealthy is a definite advantage.

As things have started to settle down, I have had time to make a new plan going forward. But a plan is not good, if it's only in my head.

As far as food is concerned, it is time to start tracking again.

As far as exercise is concerned, and in order to reach my yearly fitness minutes goal of 12,000, I'll need to log another 2,500 minutes during the next two months.

This can be done, but will need discipline.
I am planning for:
emoticon 3 60-minute aerobic/kickboxing sessions per week
emoticon 1 60-minute yoga session per week
emoticon 4 JM 30 Day Shred sessions per week

I am really interested in the Insanity workout. Purchasing this workout will be my Christmas gift to myself this year, so Insanity is on the calendar for January.


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ITSAWRAP_DIMI 11/7/2010 12:57PM


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MALEXANDER4 10/30/2010 9:22PM

    I think insanity is on the list for all of us this year...oh wait you meant the video. Sorry, I was thinking about my own world. lol. your doing fine, sometimes as i've life gets in our way. You have recognized this and your doing fine. good luck this coming month.

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BREWMASTERBILL 10/30/2010 8:36PM

    A plan is not good if its just in your head and it's no good if the life disruptions resume. I know nothing of what you're up against, but handling those would be my number 1 priority. You know how to do this, but when things are chaotic, it's beyond difficult. I have confidence you'll figure it out if you haven't completely already. Then your plan will take hold.

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EMILYBBB 10/30/2010 6:41PM

    I like how you calmly analyzed the situation and formed a plan for getting yourself back on track. Inspiring! Thanks!

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FRAN0426 10/30/2010 6:04PM

    Sounds like a very intense two months of exercise. You can do it, and I know you can get it done.

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CARTOONB 10/30/2010 5:57PM

    Excellent job writing it down. Now, all you have to do is execute! Easy, right? LOL!

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TEDYBEAR2838 10/30/2010 4:59PM

    Well, I know you can do it, but you really need to KICK BUTT!

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    emoticonGood for you! You have a great plan! emoticon emoticon

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HOT4FITNESS 10/30/2010 3:03PM

    Sounds like a great November plan. You can do it!!!! Your spark friends are here to support you all the way. Every small step gets us to the goal. Insanity workout is onmy Christmas list too!!!

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J2740LOU 10/30/2010 3:01PM

    You really do have a plan. emoticon Be good to yourself!

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15MINUTES 10/30/2010 2:56PM

    Go for it. Sounds like a winning plan. I know you can do it--January is just around the corner.


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Rainy Day, Termites, and too many Books

Sunday, October 24, 2010


Yesterday morning the termite inspector was here. Having this inspection was something that had been on my mind for a long time now. I knew that it needed to be done.

Given where we live, we are prone to drywood termites. Everybody has them and this really is a maintenance item. But since treating termites is quite expensive I had put it off.

Putting things off is not good for your state of mind however. So I finally decided to bite the bullet and get this one thing out of the way and off my mind.

Fortunately they will be able to do local treatment so at least we wonít need to vacate for half a week while they tent and gas. Aside from the money part, that was the other reason I had been putting this off.

Having your house tented is like moving. They say itís okay to bag your food and stuff and nothing will happen, but frankly, I donít believe them. Yes, tenting will get rid off ALL pests in the house, but Iíll take my chances. Live and let live :). Last time we tented was 10 years ago and it took me weeks to start feeling home again. So, this will be taken care of on November 1; one less thing to worry about.

There is nothing like a rainy day to start messing around the house.
Yesterdayís target was my bedroom. Another item I had been putting off for way too long.

My assessment: I have to stop buying books!
I came to that conclusion as I was sorting though three piles of books and magazines that had accumulated on the floor by my bed. Books about healthy living, self-improvement, home improvement, positive attitude, teenagers, money, you name it, it was there Ė either partially read or not read at all.

When did I buy all these books? Well, they have now all been moved off the floor to a proper bookshelf, but before there can be any new acquisitions, I will read up on what I already have stockpiled. (Sorry, Amazon.)

Well, yoga is done. I think my head is in a good place today. My Sunday afternoon program consists of reading and knitting. This is a resting day.

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MALEXANDER4 10/24/2010 6:29PM

    Funny i've been tossing myself. I have cleaned and thinned out rooms here also. I have a vacation coming up, one of those staycations, I have plans for then also. time to settle in for the long winter and I want the clutter gone. enjoy the day of rest, we all need one every now and again.

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KNITTABLES 10/24/2010 5:15PM

    It's is my resting day too. I will be sparking, watching a little TV, knitting and crocheting. Glad your taking care of the bugs.

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JULABELLE 10/24/2010 5:02PM

    Month to clean prior to winter setting in... although you don't get it too bad where you are at. Yes, seems to be the time of year to just get things taken care of. To get done all that has been put off. Insurance, cleaning (the laundry room - ugh!), and just getting things back into some semblence of order.

I do love your book addiction. You are not alone! I'm sure many of us can relate. I went through my books in the basement in September (yes, just in the basement), and ended up donating 95 paperbacks and about 30+ hardcover. I've become a fan of our local library this year.

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TEDYBEAR2838 10/24/2010 4:52PM

    Must be the month to clean. I been cleaning out my closets also.

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Annoyed - Who? Me?

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Okay, guys, just got home from work and I'm tired, and I'm grumpy, and I'm annoyed. I've had two weeks full of unexpected happenings and schedule changes, which put my life completely upside down, and I'm working on coming to grips with it all.

Let me tell you what annoys me:

In general:
emoticon Political correctness
emoticon People who can't be on time
emoticon People who commit and then change plans on you last minute
emoticon People who let their d@%! dogs bark outside all night

On SP:
emoticon People who can't spell. Nothing wrong with a typo (they seem to sneak in, when you're typing fast), but there and their and they're, it's and its, could of and could have, and similar stuff just drives me up the wall.
emoticon People who post their mug into every blog. I can say that, because none of my SP friends are among this group. Don't get me wrong, I like the occasional photo and I love photos people take during their hikes, walks and runs, but please...; we all know you're beautiful.

Hmm, I'm already feeling better. emoticon
(Maybe you are annoyed by people who overuse emoticons? Or people who complain? Oh well.)

Okay, there is more.
On the train:
emoticon People who sit at the isle seat, blocking an empty seat, so nobody will sit next to them.
emoticon Women who pull out their make-up kits and start painting...
emoticon People who keep stroking through their hair. Really disgusting, especially if you sit right behind one.

And last but not least:
emoticon ME.
Ya, me. I have been annoyed with myself for the past two weeks. For being way too uptight, and not being able to go with the flow. (Sometimes less resistance yields better results.) For letting crazy stuff throw me completely off my exercise program. I think that's probably the most annoying thing. Exercise keeps me grounded. I need to get this back. So, I'm working on a new plan. Will spell it out within the next few days, when I'm less annoyed and can think more clearly.

emoticon Wish I would. Sounds like a fine thing right now. But I don't. Even thought this blog probably sounds like it.

emoticon Meltdown over! emoticon

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LILABE11 10/22/2010 3:15PM

    Somehow I missed this blog...but goodness I love it!! We all need to complain sometimes...and I'm with you on a lot of these! :) I hope venting has helped!

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 10/19/2010 10:52AM

    sounds like how i feel when i'm getting hormonal or forgot to take my prozac. LOL everything starts to get under my skin. especially stupid little things.

Hang in there. this too shall pass.

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TOMDCB 10/17/2010 4:17AM

    Oh yeah. You are so right! Especially for people who don't speak English as their mother language it can get really confusing sometimes when others use the wrong type of "their" (or they're or there). On Facebook there's even an own group for correct grammar! :)

Having a regular workout is important. I experience that myself right now, when not being able to stick with it. It simply helps you feeling better!

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KNITTABLES 10/16/2010 3:47PM

    Sorry but I LOVE THIS BLOG, I really do. You have hit on some of my most annoying pet peeves.
Glad you vented and I hope your weekend improves. Feel better my friend. emoticon

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FRAN0426 10/16/2010 11:32AM

    Hope your less up tight after putting it out there in this blog. We all have our hang ups, just need to make sure they aren't weighing us down(let them go). Waiting for your new approach to dealing with them, as letting them get to ya, isn't doing YOU any favors my spark friend.

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TEENY2BEE 10/16/2010 10:30AM

    Feel better?? That's what SP is all about.....I would use an emoticon,but you know.....

Hope your day gets better!!! :)

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    Oh, Kricket, I know you are just letting a bit of humor out in tongue in cheekness! It's "annoying" when people take you totally serious when you're just messing around! emoticon emoticon

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TEDYBEAR2838 10/16/2010 8:16AM

    Girlfriend, you need to let it go. It's not that important, many of the things you mentioned. I like the pictures plastered all over their blogs, the vacation spots, etc.

Each of us is different.

Also, many of us aren't good spellers and not being a good speller should not keep someone from posting what is in their hearts.

Let's just enjoy the friendships here and losing weight and getting it right.
Being healthy comes in all sizes :)


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BREWMASTERBILL 10/16/2010 6:59AM

    I think public transit would send me over the edge. So my original thought was that this is small stuff ... and I suppose it is, but if I had to do the train or bus, I'd be annoyed before my day even started. Sounds like some big stuff happened too that you're not giving details on (which is fine), but that amplifies the small stuff. I think if you handle the big stuff, the little stuff will die down.

Oh, and I have a little OCD thing about being on time. I'm early for nearly everything (my problem). But when people are late, I give them the business. Believe it or not, it helps (for most). A couple of things I've said that seem effective. I ask them "are you the type of person that is always late? If so, let me know because in the future, I will show up late too. I have better things to do than to wait for you." ... another one "This is the x time you've been late, I'm beginning to think you don't respect my time. I'm a busy fella and waiting for you is not my list of things to do today". Disclaimer: I'm not a fan of passive aggressive behavior and I don't have a lot of friends.

You probably weren't venting as a way to solicit opinions, but you should know me better than that by now :)

And ya, the exercise stuff helps tremendously. Oh and it's aisle, not isle. hehehe :P

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MALEXANDER4 10/16/2010 3:56AM

    Well you could of taken the bus....just had to throw that out there. could of would of don't count anymore as the old song goes....I hope I used my spell check....hope things look up for you now that you've gotten that all out. Have a wonderful day my friend.

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RENA1965 10/16/2010 2:28AM

    Are you feeling better efter your rant? hang in there- don't let a bat ball bat in the machinery phase you... emoticon

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Under pressure...

Monday, October 11, 2010

There just has to be a blog on 10/10/10.
The past 10 days have been extremely stressful and extremely hard on my head and my overall wellbeing.

Something good came out of it though in the end, and a long-standing bad situation, which had been going on for months and had gone from bad to worse, has been resolved. Whether temporarily or permanently remains to be seen but after months of stagnation and deterioration I take it. (I am, however, still holding my breath and probably will be for quite some time.)

Only after the deal was done did I really feel the effects of all this pressure. I was literally wiped out and completely deflated, drained of all life juices, and spent the better part of this weekend recovering. My yoga class this morning was quite helpful in this process.

I can now, with absolute certainty, say that I am not a stress eater. Such a buzz word anyway. My program gets in trouble when Iím bored, not when Iím stressed. As a matter of fact I showed a surprising loss of 2.2 lbs on the scale this morning.

This has been my second week counting WW points, and itís working well. I will not make the mistake of trying to convert my points into calories, thatís what got me in trouble last time. (I do consider myself a sane and rational person, but my mind cannot be trusted here.) Instead I will just continue doing what has worked well for the past two weeks. There will be no calculations, no graphs, no spreadsheets, no scientific anything. I wonít even really think about the why and how. Just donít have the energy.

So as Rodney Atkins says:
If youíre going through hell
Keep on going, don't slow down
If you're scared don't show it
You might get out
Before the devil even knows you're there.

Oh ya, it could always be worse, but guys, I really need a break (or a vacation...).

Sometimes life's Hell. But hey! Whatever gets the marshmallows toasty. ~J. Andrew Helt

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ANGELICA254 10/11/2010 1:31PM

    emoticon Du schaffst das!

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JULABELLE 10/11/2010 10:14AM

    I have used WW points one time in the past - it worked.
Good luck with the stressful situation, I hope the results are permanent for you.

When the marshmellows are toasty, add some chocolate and graham crackers. S'mores are always the best.

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HOT4FITNESS 10/11/2010 9:32AM

    Keep hanging in there!! emoticon

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REDEMILY 10/11/2010 8:31AM

    I get it on the needing a break. But I am really glad that whatever it was that was going on in your life has calmed down, and hopefully it is permanently!

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TEDYBEAR2838 10/11/2010 8:21AM

    emoticon find a better way to toast marshmallows will ya..?? emoticon emoticon

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MALEXANDER4 10/11/2010 7:37AM

    I like you am a boredom eater, stress makes me sick to my stomach. We are going to see this through me and you. By the way the song lyrics i have that one on my mp3. We just need to keep trudging along.

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LILABE11 10/11/2010 1:31AM

    It can be hard to tell how draining some of these big events and problems are until you're on the other side. If you can, I hope you'll take as much time as possible in the next days...even weeks! be kind to yourself and recover.

I'll be interested to hear how you like the Weight Watchers points. I tried Weight Watchers once, and my attitude was what made it NOT work, but now I do wonder if the points might be a helpful tool.

I hope you have a wonderful, restful week!

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KNITTABLES 10/11/2010 12:35AM

    emoticonLove the quotes. Glad things are working out for you.

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WORKOUTWITHPAM 10/11/2010 12:31AM

    I am glad that you got the 'situation' resolved. Best wishes in reaching all of your goals.

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 10/11/2010 12:27AM

    Thanks for putting a smile on the end of the day! emoticonI know it gets hard because it gets hard for me, too. But you managed to squeeze out some lemonade, and what a blessing for you and for others! emoticon

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Logging points

Friday, October 01, 2010

A couple of days ago I switched to the WW way of counting points. Why? Well, just my way of changing things up. My food wasn't going the way I wanted it to, so I thought, I'll mix things up a bit. Anything to trick the mind...

I enjoy the simplicity of this system. No stressing over calories or macronutrient ratios. (I know the stressing part is not mandatory but my OCD brain makes my life hard in this respect.)

I am questioning anyway, whether I really need to hit all the targets every day, or whether, in fact, it will all balance out over time, as long as I eat well. I certainly have enough knowledge to discern the good from the bad and the ugly.

Concerning exercise, I really haven't been doing much in September besides walking and yoga. Hmm, maybe I should step it up a bit... no kidding!

I really don't want to commit to any one program (like C25K, Insanity or P90X) at this time. Instead I'll add some JM and some kickboxing classes at the gym. I wonder if they still remember me there? Hehe.

Life in general continues to be stressful with no end in sight. Oh ya, my kid's 18th birthday is next August - time to start building that catapult. Big one!

When the world says, "Give up,"
Hope whispers, "Try it one more time."

In diesem Sinne - on that note - onward.

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KIWINURSE 10/7/2010 11:30AM

    In the past I have used WW and it worked for me, I was trying to get away from the points and was trying the calorie counting but I think that I am so used to the points that I am considering going back to that too! I am thinking that today I am going to count calories and points and see where I am at.

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ANGELICA254 10/3/2010 12:35PM

    Started my 20th week of WW today, and it works for me. (have to take it a bit more seriously this month though!!) Enjoy yourself with the program.

Halt die Ohren steif, liebe GrŁŖe und eine schŲne Woche.

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MALEXANDER4 10/2/2010 9:03PM

    WW is awesome. I hit 20.2 loss this morning. Finally. I love counting points and the notebooks I god talk about ocd....My hubby thinks i'm nuts but oh well. Your going to do fine. We are in this together. Just keep logging.

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TRIXEL 10/1/2010 8:36PM

    That's basically what I'm doing as well. Yoga is so awesome!

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KNITTABLES 10/1/2010 8:25PM

    Good luck with WW and wishing you a great October.

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TEDYBEAR2838 10/1/2010 8:35AM

    Ah, can't wait for the empty nest syndrome huh? Planning is good, did you tell him your plan :) ??? LOL

Well, I remember telling my kids from the time they were born, when they were 18 they were on their own. Actually worked pretty well. They were both prepared for that, although they weren't quite out by 18, but somewhat close. They've grown to be responsible adults. For which I'm happy. THey are both 39 of course so it's been a long time since they lived at home.

Have a great day, don't obsess too much just do the best you can do. That is all any of us can do.

Losing weight is such an individual thing, no 'one size fits all'.



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BUCKHOLDT 10/1/2010 4:25AM

    Calories-in calories out only works so far.

The macronutrient ratios are what insure health and fitness. I'm not saying stress or don't take a break. I only log my food once or twice a week. Right now I have an iron problem - anemia.

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GRACEFULIFE 10/1/2010 3:18AM

    I tried WW points long ago. Didn't like it then, and don't think I'd like it now. However I've eased up significantly about stressing over macros. As you say... eat healthily, you know what it is, and trust that things will work out in the end. You can always go back to full-up tracking if things go too far the wrong way anyway.

I like doing exercise randomly, honestly, but I find that I don't get good results unless I have a plan.. at least one that says something like "cardio X days per week, ST X days per week nonconsecutively" or something. Something to guide me as to what workout to do next. It just seems to work out better for me. I've been floating along recently somewhat, and I know I need to get a Real Plan (TM). No problem... I'm working on it.

Let me know when you finish the catapult prototype. I may want to try it out on my 24- and 22-year-old siblings. *sigh*

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