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January Goals

Saturday, January 05, 2013

I really need a kick start so I decided to set some basic goals for this first month of the year. They are pretty minimal, since I think that's what I need right now, what with slower than expected recovery from knee surgery, a lousy cold and lingering emotional "stuff."

I will:

Stay within my calorie range 29 out of 31 days in January (all except New Years Day and my birthday -- 2 streaks of 14 and 15 days each)

Track my weight and measurements every Saturday. (I thought about doing Wednesday instead but if I'm staying in range anyway, it shouldn't matter).

Do Cardio 4 days a week (elliptical, walking and running) and ST 3 days a week (resistance bands and weights). Other exercise and yoga would be great, but I am committing to doing at least that.

Monitoring my stress level daily in a short blog and using alternative methods for reducing stress (meditation, deep breathing, visualization, music). I am really committed to losing the weight and maintaining this time. Like a fair number of folks on Spark, I've lost substantial pounds (25, for me), only to put them back on again. There were external excuses (illness, injury) and laziness and complacency, but I think that there was an emotional component, too. I'm not really sure what it was about, but this time, I plan to pay more attention to it. I am pretty sure it has to do with stress and conflict and I want to make sure that it doesn't happen again. So, monitoring my stress and finding ways of dealing with it that do not involve food and alcohol will be an ongoing goal for me, starting now.

Reporting how I did at the end of the month.

Looking forward to this challenge!

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

HIPPICHICK1 1/7/2013 12:43PM

    Knee surgery and recovering from it takes time, so give yourself some time. Whatever you do don't say that you are backsliding because it's just another way of beating yourself up. Love yourself wholeheartedly every day and it will make a big difference.
So you're a Capricorn too, eh? My birthday is on Sunday, the 13th. When is yours? I love birthdays!! The Universe showers you with love on your birthday! However I have experienced one birthday that wasn't so nice. 4 days after I turned 40 my boyfriend dumped me. What a bummer! But it was all for the best in hindsight. I'm with a really great guy now and we've been together for more than 10 years.
I too will be celebrating with cake and indulging. I love my own cooking and plan to bake my own cake so I know how many calories I will be eating. I think this year it will be a chocolate cake with butter cream frosting! Oh, I can taste it now! YUM!!
As for your other goals I highly recommend using yoga as a form of stress relieving so since monitoring stress daily is one of your goals as well as yoga (at some point) you can "kill two birds" by adding yoga now. I recommend finding a teacher though as trying yoga by looking at photos or a DVD is okay, nothing beats the in-person help from a good teacher who can correct your form.
Good Luck and a very Happy New Year to you!!

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KRISKECK 1/6/2013 12:12PM

    Thanks ladies! And're right, maybe I shouldn't use the word "minimal"...instead, I'll say "not complicated.". That's probably more accurate!

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MEXGAL1 1/6/2013 10:01AM

    great get er done!

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CHRISTINASP 1/5/2013 6:06PM

    emoticon Good luck! You say 'minimal'?

Comment edited on: 1/5/2013 6:07:32 PM

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Holiday Update: Back On Track Again!

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Well, I can't say I've been very successful in consuming fewer calories over the past months, or losing weight either. Actually gained 3 lbs but I hate, hate, HATE to move the tracker. Isn't that silly? It is what it is, so I may as well admit it, right?

Ok, if it still is what it is on Sunday, I'll move it. Who knows, maybe it's water weight...

And I'm back on track now, eating right and logging it all in without too much damage done, so I'm not going to regret a little excess during the festivities...

On the bright side, I can run again! (see earlier blog on arthroscopic knee surgery - bleh). Just a little bit, doing 1 mile of running to 3 miles of walking once or twice a week, and doing elliptical and yoga the other days. And doing my PT exercises 3-4 times a week (Hooahhhh! and no, I'm not Army, just picked it up doing their awesome 10 mile race a few times over the past 10 years!). I plan to be VERY careful and not run too much, switching it out with other cardio, but just being able to do cardio again should do a world of good.

So, the holidays were fun this year, but a major distraction on the food front. I had both my boys home and I am literally embarrassed to say how much I spent on food and drink...but I do love to feed them. And they do appreciate it! And we did go to a few parties and take a bottle of wine or a casserole of mac and cheese or, well, no, I didn't take the darn chocolates...they stayed home. Laying in wait for me. And they got me. Note to self: do not purchase large quantities of chocolate thinking you're going to give them away. Because you won't! So, yes the holidays were a bit tough and challenging, but so much fun.

And even through the holidays, I managed to keep on top of my other goals, restoring order to my home...and alright, maybe not doing quite so well with the budget, but I have a plan for restoring order there: I am thinking about getting a roommate when my younger son's job comes through and he gets his own place. That would make a big difference.

Other things not so much fun right now, but I am working them out. I am determined to be as happy as I can. I think that's a reasonable goal, don't you?

So here is to rededication (again!), with much determination and hope that I am able to overcome any obstacles I find in my path!

Cheers! And here's to a happy New Year!

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HIPPICHICK1 12/28/2012 12:58PM

    You've got to leave some room for living. You can't be on a diet or counting calories all of the time, right? Some day those training wheels have to come off...unless you want to be here for the rest of your life tracking everything. I know I don't. I've been using Spark for 4+ years and am slowly learning that I have to cut myself some slack on holidays, vacations, and other celebrations. Weight naturally fluctuates, right? So I think it's perfectly natural to gain a little over Xmas and then get back to it after New Year's.
Remember that every day you are improving your health simply by eating well and moving that body.
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CHRISTINASP 12/28/2012 10:25AM

    I like that it's your goal to be as happy as you can. More people should adopt it! :)

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MEXGAL1 12/28/2012 10:09AM

    Good for you getting back on track. Feels so good to do so.
Make it a great 2013! You can do it!
Have a terrific day.

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KERRIELYNN719 12/28/2012 10:03AM

    Good luck! A new year for a better start!

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KRISKECK 12/28/2012 9:39AM

    Nell, thanks, that makes total sense. I'll do it.

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NELLJONES 12/28/2012 9:31AM

    Do move your tracker. Your weight is what it is, and you'll want to see the success of losing those pounds you gained.

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Just the Basics

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

For a long time, I was in the business of setting myself a lot of goals which were wonderful and idealistic, but I was never able to fully achieve. I had a whole lot of things on my list like creating art and getting a masters degree that I thought I had to do to be a successful and happy person. For a number of reasons, I thought this was the way a person was supposed to live. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to achieve all of them...and that made me feel less than successful.

So I decided I needed to simplify. To do that, I needed to define my priorities, focus on what was most important to me, and arrange my goals around those priorities. It turns out that maintaining my physical, mental and spiritual health is most important to me. So, while those other things are laudable goals, they really arenít part of the foundation I need to feel strong and healthy the way I want to. Maybe one day Iíll get to those things, but right now, they just arenít what I need.

Once I decided what my highest priorities were, I started paring down my list of goals so I could build around those. Working out and eating right are obvious Ė Iím definitely keeping those! But as it turns out, mental and physical order are also right up there for me.

Clearing my mind with some kind of meditation is really helpful to my emotional and spiritual health - and while Iím not even near hitting my goal of meditating every day, I am still working on it because I think itís worth it. The goal serves as a reminder that I am happier when I am able to take the time to clear the emotional cobwebs and distracting thoughts and focus on maintaining a calm sense of balance in my life. And I am always happier when I do that.

It turns out physical order is important to me too. I like to keep my space in order, and I like to keep my money in order. I am slowly getting my house in order: cleaning closets, getting rid of clothes and knick-knacks and paper I no longer need.

And I finally made a budget and am working on sticking to it. Iím proud of this because Iíve been overspending lately. I made a lot of excuses Ė kidsí college expenses, I deserve this, blah blah blah. The fact is, I have been lacking in discipline and Iím going to get myself in trouble unless I get my finances under control.

I found out that by simplifying my goals, I've been better able to achieve them. Instead of trying to do everything, Iím trying to work methodically on the ones that matter. Maybe Iíll get to the other stuff one day, maybe I wonít. Itís my life, I get to choose.

So, that's it. Just the basics. Itís giving me a feeling of freedom.

I like that.

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HIPPICHICK1 11/8/2012 10:20AM

    Good for you!! This is a wonderful blog. I Love the idea of just being happy with what is most important and health is #1 for me too.
Good Luck with your meditation practice and if you are free on SUnday this may be a way for you to kick off your Sunday meditation. I found it on Facebook!

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This free event is our way in helping to raise the consciousness on the planet and bring Eckhartís message of peace, stillness and awakening to as many people as possible.

We have been working hard to improve our server capacity to accommodate very large numbers so that everyone can now participate. You will need to pre-register here:

Click here to view what time this event will be broadcasted in your area:

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_COSMOPAULATAN_ 11/7/2012 7:38PM

    Love this. It's always the path of least resistance that leads us home... why we complicate things, I'm not sure. emoticon

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MEXGAL1 11/7/2012 1:01PM

    Great blog and sounds wonderful that you are working on things that matter most to you. I need to remind myself when the scale yells at me for eating crap the day before that I still feel healthy and good overall.
Thanks for the reminder of what truely matters.
Have a great day.

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Knee Surgery and Recovery

Saturday, September 08, 2012

A week and a half ago, I had arthroscopic surgery on my right knee to repair a torn medial meniscus. Good news: the doc didnít find any arthritis, which is great news since it is pretty rampant in my family. The bad news: it hurt! For some crazy reason, I didnít expect it to hurt so much, maybe since everyone had told me what an easy surgery and an easy recovery it was, but as I learned, when they cut into you, itís going to hurt! (Duh!) Ah, well, enough crying, I was back at work in 6 days with minimal pain at that point, and only limping a little, so I am not complaining.

The whole experience has really made me appreciate how lucky Iíve been to have enjoyed good health in my life. And how lucky I am to have people to help me when I need itÖmy son took me to the surgery center and drove me home and took care of me (although I think he was hoping I would be goofier coming out of the anesthesia that I actually was Ė he wanted to post his goofy mom on You Tube!)Öand my boyfriend waited on me hand and foot all weekend, and everyone offered to come over and help me, drive me here and there, just wonderful. I am so blessed.

So, I am pretty determined to be really careful about not reinjuring it and about avoiding future injuries. I think I need to set some new fitness goals. Weíll wait and see how the recovery goes, I really love and miss running, but definitely I plan to do a lot more cross-training: riding my bike, Pilates, strength training, that kind of thing. Since I injured myself trying to set a personal best in a 10 mile race, I am not sure whether it was the speed work (which I had never really done before) or the long miles that caused the injury. I was really enjoying the speed work, and I like having specific goals to work towards, so I am going to have to think that over the long term. I may stop doing long races, and see how it feels to do speed work for shorter races (5-10Ks). Or I might explore bike races, since I know at some point, I am going to have to reduce the amount of exercise I do.

But for now, Iím going to focus on recovery, PT for a month, and Iíll check with the therapist about what exercise I can do during that time to stay in shape. Then weíll see what the doc says.

Iíve been pretty undisciplined and not doing a good job of staying on track on my calories. And the scale is definitely showing it - I regained 3 pounds. I think I was feeling sorry for myself and used food to feel better. And itís almost like my body needs to have the discipline of exercise in order to be motivated to maintain discipline on eatingÖwhich is terrible, because now is the time when I really need it! But again, Iím determined to get back on track. I know I can do it.

So cheers to all and be careful out there!

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KERRIELYNN719 12/28/2012 10:07AM

    I had arthroscopic surgery on my new last summer. It halted a lot of my progess in the exercise and weight loss department. Once my healed completely, I realized I was given a second chance to make things right with my body. I eased into exercise this yar and just started running. My knee is definitely sore after some nights, but it feels so good that I can run on it!

Wishing you a speedy recovery and no major bumps in the road...

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HIPPICHICK1 9/14/2012 11:30AM

    Glad to hear that the surgery went well and that you are recovering from it nicely. Pace yourself and remember that our parts DO wear out. Good Luck with your future fitness goals!!

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BUNNYCATS 9/9/2012 7:26AM

    Great attitude! emoticon emoticon Wishing you a speedy recovery! emoticon emoticon

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SBHPATRICK 9/8/2012 3:59PM

    So glad the surgery went well and you're on your way back to 100%!

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Ten Tough Days

Saturday, August 11, 2012

I just got back from a week and a half on the road for work. It was harder than I thought it would be and between working really long hours and going out at night with colleagues, I didnít meet my goals. I only managed to work out once and I went over my calorie goals for 7 out of ten of those days.

I did have a good talk with my doctorís office and they said I could go ahead and work out, as long as I didnít run and wasnít having too much pain. So, I plan to ride my bike instead and I feel good about that.

Work has been incredibly stressful lately. Other things in my life have also been stressful. But I know I canít let either of those situations stand as barriers to achieving my person goals. Iím not traveling again until the end of the month, and during that time I pledge to focus on myself and my goals, one day at a time.

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BUNNYCATS 9/6/2012 2:11PM

    You inspired me to go out and get a new bike, too. I really like bicycling. It really helps me feel more relaxed being outdoors and enjoying the scenery.

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NELLJONES 8/11/2012 9:10AM

    It sure is hard to eat right when traveling. Good luck.

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