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Living In My Jeans ~ Halloween Night Ramblings

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

It is the greatest feeling when every pair of pants you own fit with just enough room to spare to make you feel like a million bucks.

You ponder whether you should now go for the next smaller size, but then it hits you, you have arrived.

After years of hard work, and not so hard work, of being on task, and totally off track, of falling, getting up, losing, gaining, standing still, and wanting to run head first into a wall, you finally realize that you are at the finish line.

You look in the mirror and like what you see; for the first time in a long time.
And then you realize that in reality you have been at your current weight for months, and that finally your head has caught up, and you can now see the real you.

Yes, there is of course always room for improvement, and those abs can definitely profit from ongoing core training, and those arms need to continue lifting weights, and Zumba will help slim and shape those thighs.

But all that has nothing at all to do with losing more weight: you're 5'5", weigh in at 129 lbs, are not 20 any more, can fit into a size 4 but prefer the roominess of a size 6.

The mind is rigid, slow, and stubborn and can greatly distort your body image. Once your head/mind catches up to reality this battle is won.

But, maintenance definitely does not mean that you've figured it all out...
There are still so many things to work on and fine-tune.

My focus for November 2011:

1. Nutrition:
Get 5 servings of fruits and veggies a day. This continues to be a challenge.

2. Fitness:
1000 fitness minutes: Zumba, Kwando, Strength, Yoga.

3. Balance:
At least 7 hours of sleep every night.
Cultivate my friendships (and don't be such a hermit).
Let go! Get out there and live, and laugh, and enjoy.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

KMCCRIGHT 11/30/2011 9:08AM

    I love this blog!! So many people don't take the time to truly acknowledge themselves when they reach their goals. It is so fantastic to hear you say that you like what you see in the mirror and that you are happy where you are in this moment. You are giving yourself credit for your hard work and are enjoying the rewards from what you've done--good for you!!!!!

I also think it's great how you recognize that our minds distort our body images. I'm glad to hear that your mind caught up with your body; many people never reach that level and can never see themselves as the beautiful people they are.

Keep on rockin' through maintenance; you're doing awesome!!!!

Sparkle on!

Kim McCright

P.S. Thanks for adding me as a friend! I have added you as well.

Comment edited on: 11/30/2011 9:09:03 AM

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TEDYBEAR2838 11/7/2011 6:15PM

    emoticon What an awesome discovery! emoticon

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TERRIPAL1 11/6/2011 5:52PM

    Congrats so happy for you! Good job how does it feel??Wow I can only imagine for now! Nice blog too!

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IUHRYTR 11/4/2011 9:06PM

    emoticon on your emoticon success! emoticon! -- Lou

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    You really have come so far, and you are an inspiration for me! emoticon

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CARTOONB 11/1/2011 9:48PM

    Congratulations on doing so well in maintenance. I'm really glad to hear that you're seeing the same challenges I am! Keep it up!

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DAWNDMOORE40 11/1/2011 3:23PM

    emoticon emoticonI think the maitenance is the hardest part! However, it does feel good to look in the mirror and finally be happy with how you look! emoticonI really loved this blog! Have a blessed day! emoticon

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KNITTABLES 11/1/2011 2:32PM

    Awesome blog!

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BOVEY63 11/1/2011 1:36PM

    emoticon emoticon
So happy for you!

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FLUTTER-BY)L( 11/1/2011 10:46AM

    Can't wait for that feeling. You described it well. Congratulations.

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NELLJONES 11/1/2011 9:16AM

    A lot of people don't realize their pants are too big until they fall down at an inopportune time (it happened one time to a priest during the service!)

I wish there were a way to keep jeans from stretching after washing. They feel so good when just out ot the dryer!

Good for you on noticing your progress!!

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HOWLERMOM 11/1/2011 7:58AM

    Congrats! Great blog and really great goals!

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MALEXANDER4 11/1/2011 7:14AM

    So proud that you've made it. Congrats and you now give me hope. I'm still at the yoyo stage and not sure where to turn. I say I want to do this but then I do the dumb things instead and then beat myself up for being weak. I also have those pants that fit two months ago but now are tight letting me know it is time to recover and get my mind back in the game.

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JULABELLE 11/1/2011 7:00AM

    love your November focus! And so very happy/proud of you. Glad that your head finally caught up to your body. Maintenance has it's own tricks, but I'm positive you will do great!

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RORYLYONS 11/1/2011 3:27AM

    You go girl!! emoticon emoticon

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5K My Way - Week 4/Day1 Update

Thursday, September 15, 2011

emoticon We are training 3 days a week but have not exactly been following the intervals as prescribed by the training plan. We've been making our own intervals.

It's been going well so far. We actually ran 5K today - in 33 minutes.
Since this is the very first time in my life I did a 5K this will be my baseline.

I have 2 more weeks of training before I run my official 5K. So the goal now is to improve on the time.

emoticon Oh, and my chocolate bars are still resting comfortably in the pantry.

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IUHRYTR 9/16/2011 10:20PM

    What a proud achievement. Wishing you much success in the race. -- Lou

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IUHRYTR 9/16/2011 10:20PM

    What a proud achievement. Wishing you much success in the race. -- Lou

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MALEXANDER4 9/16/2011 7:18AM

    You go girl.....i'm so proud of you.

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CARTOONB 9/15/2011 11:34PM

    Congrats on both the training and the chocolate bars!

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MARLINDA5 9/15/2011 11:12PM

    emoticon - you are doing great and you will improve on the time :)

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NTSOHLTHNT 9/15/2011 7:45PM

    You're doing great. Way to go! 33 minutes for the 1st time running 5k is awesome!

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JULABELLE 9/15/2011 2:15PM

    I thought you were a bit ahead of the game. You are amazing!

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BOVEY63 9/15/2011 12:55PM

    emoticonon the 5k and avoiding the chocolate emoticon

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ROCKYCPA 9/15/2011 10:10AM

    Good job - but I agree a little chocolate won't hurt. You have to know what your triggers are and not let them control you. Good luck on the 5K.

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TERRIPAL1 9/15/2011 9:12AM

    Wow good job you're running away from the chocolate!!

Keep it up!! emoticon

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MACGRAW 9/15/2011 8:49AM

    That is awesome, congrats!!!!

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    That's really good. I know people that have trained for months and didn't get that time. I say go have some chocolate. :)

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PAPAMIKIE 9/15/2011 4:34AM


I recently read a study where they had three groups

Group 1) Exercise and Very Dark Chocolate

Group 2) Exercise no chocolate

Group 3) Very Dark Chocolate and no Exercise

At the ened of six weeks all three groups where strapped onto tread mills and run to exhaustion.

Grouper 1 when consistantlly further than the other two groups. This is as one would expect.

Group 3 out paced group 2.

Apparently Very Dark Chocolate helps the body lay down capileries in the muscles and also produces some mitocdria changes in the cells that helps with energye levels.

Oh yeah, the subjects were mice, They don't allow you to strap human subjects on a tread mill and run you until you drop.

Apparently milk chocolate will not help, and it only takes about 1 square of very dark chocolate a day. Funny that is just about what I eat.

Good running and be careful out there.


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ELYMWX 9/15/2011 2:21AM

    That's the thing about intervals; if you find that they're not working for you, change them up and adjust, and learn to listen to your body.

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KNITTABLES 9/15/2011 1:56AM

    Good for you from staying away from that chocolate. Great job on you 5k training.

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Inflammatory foods and an update on my candy bar/chocolate challenge

Saturday, September 10, 2011

I got up way too early today, so I had time to mess around on the computer while drooling into my first cup of coffee (there's a visual for you :).

This morning I was thinking about hidden inflammation. Not sure if this is the new buzz word or the old buzz word, but there seems to be enough evidence out there that links hidden inflammation to all kinds of chronic illness. Some go as far as to say that every modern disease is caused or effected by it.

This is a huge huge topic, but here is what I gather:

Root causes are:
emoticon Poor diet
emoticon Lack of exercise
emoticon Stress

Focusing on 'poor diet', this article names the top 10 inflammatory foods.

I thought it was pretty informative, but at the same time I found myself wondering what was left after reducing and/or eliminating all those foods.

So here is the counterpart, the top 10 anti-inflammatory foods:

At this point I would like to insert a rant about consumerism, about how the almighty buck rules the world, and maybe even my conspiracy theories, hehe, but I'll spare you.

I'm meeting my neighbor for breakfast and it's time to go. Looking very much forward to a nice and friendly chat over coffee, toast, and a bowl of fresh fruit.

emoticon Update on my chocolate/candy bar challenge. They are still resting quietly in my pantry. Actually none of them have called my name yet, and if they do, I'm still prepared to stare them down.

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ITSAWRAP_DIMI 11/25/2011 7:01AM

    Thanks for the information. I have looked at the sites and subscribed to their emails!

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IUHRYTR 9/12/2011 10:47PM

    Maybe it's time to give the candy away and remove the temptation. -- Lou

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GRACEFULIFE 9/12/2011 2:17PM

    I'd like to see some peer-reviewed studies that suggest this "hidden inflammation" or that any foods (besides the obvious like chiles) are inflammatory in any way.

Inflammatory people, I'm all for eliminating those though. Give 'em the chair! The chair! emoticon

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BOVEY63 9/11/2011 11:46AM

    Way to go on avoiding the candy bars!
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Hope you had a wonderful time with your friend.

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KNITTABLES 9/11/2011 3:28AM

    I hope your visit with your friend over coffee went great and that you stayed away for the chocolate. Good for you!

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    I hope you had a great breakfast with your friend! emoticonSorry such a short comment! Gotta run! emoticon

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YAFENELRA 9/10/2011 3:13PM

    Good for you with the chocolate. I have often thought of having my name changed so the chocolate in the freezer would not be able to call out to me.

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CARTOONB 9/10/2011 2:04PM

    Yay! Good for you for not even being tempted by the chocolate bars.

Some...okay, most...of my favorite foods are on the first list! LOL!

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BREWMASTERBILL 9/10/2011 11:08AM

    So you know how much I love lists with no reference to research. heh. Admittedly, I'm still in the dark on the cause and effect of inflammation. Many things that are labeled "bad" are part of natural processes. Of course, too much of a bad thing is, well, bad. Also, inflammatory properties measured in a vacuum do not take into consideration the beneficial properties of the 'bad' foods. Example, there are about a million studies touting the benefit of moderate alcohol consumption. So avoid or consume (you know my stance on that)? While it is interesting to think about, we should also be wary of magical lists. Note: this also applies to finance. Ever see those articles "the top 10 best stocks to own for life!" .... run hard and run fast from those articles. heh.

Enjoy the coffee and conversation, have a great weekend and tell the chocolate bars I said 'hi'.

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PAWSINAZ 9/10/2011 10:48AM

    Thank you for posting this!

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VIBRANTVAL 9/10/2011 10:20AM

Psychic moment!
I've been thinking/reading about the very same thing!!!!

And ranting to myself about consumerism and the almighty dollar.

Great post! Thanks for sharing the articles!

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I Challenge ME!

Thursday, September 08, 2011

I claim temporary insanity when I picked up a 30-pack of assorted Hershey's chocolate bars at Costco this afternoon. No, not mini bars - the real thing. What was I thinking?

Well, I was thinking that the goody shelf in my pantry has been bare for many weeks and I'd pick up a treat for my teenager. Yes, that's my story and I'm sticking to it.

Okay, I have since come to my senses and have decided, I won't touch any of those chocolate bars. None!

I'm going to stare down this chocolate!
Watch me!

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MARLINDA5 9/10/2011 1:29AM

    That is a good challenge - emoticon

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KNITTABLES 9/9/2011 1:56PM

    Stay away from the chocolate!

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CARTOONB 9/8/2011 10:12PM

    Good luck!

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ELYMWX 9/8/2011 6:56PM

    Temporary insanity indeed.

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NIMNIX 9/8/2011 6:39PM

    Next time, get the good, expensive stuff. That stuff that leaves you in deep, dark, chocolately bliss, not the cheap sugar high. You know, that actual chocolate flavor? A little goes a looooong way for me.

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GRACEFULIFE 9/8/2011 6:04PM

    That's right. Because you deserve actual good chocolate.

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IUHRYTR 9/8/2011 4:21PM

    Next time buy him one candy bar not a bag full. As for these, have him hide them in his room. -- Lou

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SIMPLE_IS_BEST 9/8/2011 3:21PM

    Yikes! Good luck with that! If anyone can do it, I have no doubt that you are the one! :-)

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TEDYBEAR2838 9/8/2011 1:27PM

    emoticon don't even stare it down, don't LOOK at it! emoticon

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    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonDon't eat that chocolate! emoticon

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IILAAD65 9/8/2011 10:18AM

    Too funny!!! But you know what you need to do!!GO YOU!


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    Or you could reward yourself with a chocolate bar. Maybe after running your 5K all the way? Sounds like a good reward to me.

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MADKAPKID 9/8/2011 7:55AM

    I love chocolate. A little chocolate is actually good for you. The hard part is sticking with just "a little". Hmmm...I'm with julabelle, "S'mores" sound good. Have a joy filled day, Karen

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MALEXANDER4 9/8/2011 7:43AM

    Chocolate I could pass a 30 pack of chips????? not so easy.

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TERRIPAL1 9/8/2011 7:37AM

    I hope you win! emoticon
Keep in mind you are stronger emoticonthan the emoticon

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JULABELLE 9/8/2011 6:12AM

    I hate to write this, but all I could think of when I read this was "S'mores!". emoticon

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5K My Way - Update

Thursday, September 01, 2011

Today started Week 2, Day 1 of my 5 week training program.

This week's intervals are 3 minutes walk and 1-1/2 minutes run.
I did 2-1/2 11-minute miles!
This marks progress! All throughout last week we ended up with 12-minute miles. Let's see if we can keep it up.

These are, of course, all flat ground miles. Actually, we're running the indoor track at the gym. Mainly because it's usually dark when we have time to run. Hopefully this weekend I can take my training outside.

Bonus about running at the gym - Zumba class started right after I finished my walk/run, so I went ahead and did 75 minutes of that.

As I said in my feed a couple of days ago: Hard workouts keep me sane.

On the personal/family front, life still sucks with no end in sight.
My crazy, stressful job keeps me sane. (See, I told you it was bad!)
My workouts keep me sane!
My SparkFriends keep me sane!
Soldiering on!

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TRICOTINE 9/3/2011 10:43PM

    You have definitely start week 2 strong! emoticon emoticon
I bet it was the perfect warm-up for ZZZZZUMBA!!! emoticon

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MARLINDA5 9/3/2011 6:46PM

    You are doing great - emoticon

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IUHRYTR 9/2/2011 11:04PM

    Good going taking advantage of the Zumba class. Great initiative and determination. -- Lou

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CARTOONB 9/1/2011 11:28PM

    Here's to increased sanity!!

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KKP4673 9/1/2011 10:00PM

    Great job of soldiering on!! I'm a little behind you on the 5K track, but intend to do one this month!!

Great going!!


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BOVEY63 9/1/2011 4:49PM

    Great job on the 5k training and Zumba!
Hope that life begins to calm and brings you much less stress.

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    I know that roller coaster called LIFE! Oh, yes, I do! We're going to make it, though. We're TOUGH! emoticon emoticon

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JULABELLE 9/1/2011 8:30AM

    Wow - I'm doubly impressed! walk/run then 75 of Zumba! I LOVE it! emoticon

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TEDYBEAR2838 9/1/2011 7:31AM

    WOW you are doing emoticon

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MALEXANDER4 9/1/2011 6:51AM

    I have to say i'm jealous. Your doing great. I run but not like that. I run a bit walk a bit when my shins scream at me. Maybe i'm not meant to run. Oh well I enjoy the sprints. But girl just hearing how you go from one to the other makes me tired. I'm so proud of you. I will keep you in my prayers for the rest. Been there done that even got a t-shirt and I have to tell ya it doesn't always get better with son still is giving me fits....and I hate to hear how he is an adult. That adult is still my child. Be blessed.

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KNITTABLES 9/1/2011 1:53AM

    Great job. My workouts are keeping me sane too. I think.

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FRAN0426 9/1/2011 1:09AM

    Nice prgression on the 5 week 5K training Kricket. Hang in there Kricket on the home front, hoping things settle down there for you soon.

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