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Disappointed in Myself

Sunday, January 20, 2013

This week, not so great in terms of meeting goals.

I had planned to go out on my birthday and not worry about calories, but unfortunately one day turned into 4. It was a very celebratory week, some of my dear friends had birthdays too and then there were happy hours. Still, I could have done much better. Can't celebrate for 4 days in a row without seeing the consequences. Which I did, one and a half pounds up. Grrr!

Exercise suffered for similar reasons. Busy in the evenings and tired in the mornings. But I still got in two out of three ST sessions, and 3 out of 4 cardio. So I'm going to prepare to do better next week, but I'm not going to beat myself up.

Work was stressful but it was a good kind of stress, interesting assignments, big responsibilities.

I'm also reading a really interesting book called The New Rules of Lifting for Women, recommended by fellow Sparker YOOVIE who wrote a great blog about it. (I'll find and post the link later, rushing a bit here to leave for a walk with friends). KERRIELYNN is also reading it. It makes the argument that it is of great benefit to women to lift heavy weights, that building muscle makes you healthier and stronger and live longer, etc. But more importantly, that the low-calorie diets that many of us eat are actually slowing our metabolisms and doing lots of cardio has diminishing returns as our bodies learn to do them more efficiently. With this kind of strength training, you actually have to eat more to do it right. Now, with my experience with injury which, according to my physical therapist, resulted at least in part from not having sufficient strength in particular muscles, I am a convert on ST. I plan to check with the PT and the doc about whether this type of ST will be good for me or if, due to my knee injury, I have limitations. But I think it is worth a try. I like the idea of being stronger, and I especially like the idea of eating more!

Have a happy Sunday!

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KERRIELYNN719 1/20/2013 5:10PM

    Well yea for celebrations! As long as next week is better, you'll easily get back on track with calories!

I'm 50 some pages into the book and I can't seem to put it down. I'm very excited and can't wait to join a gym and actually try some of this stuff out!

Hope you had a great weekend!

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MEXGAL1 1/20/2013 10:23AM

    Sounds like you had a good birthday and a bit too many celebrations....well now that is done so you can once again focus on you and gettting back to healthy eating and exercise. You know what to do and you know as well when you do those things you feel hear's to getting back to feeling great.
Have a terrific day.

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FCARMICH 1/20/2013 8:47AM

  that was last week. look forward and have the best week starting now!

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Quiet Weekend

Sunday, January 13, 2013

After the past week, it was good to have a quiet weekend. Other than going to my first painting class -- which was very interesting although we didn't touch paintbrush to canvas yet -- I pretty much rested. I think I was emotionally exhausted after the past week. I also talked to my ex and he was feeling better, after being seriously ill over the past two weeks.

Progress towards goals this month so far: I went over calorie goals once this week (although not by much) and I only did cardio 3 days rather than 4. Also missed a day of ST. But, did yoga once, made my calorie burning goals AND lost a pound! So, although not perfect, close enough to see results. So, I'm satisfied for now!

I ordered a book from called The New Women's Rules for Weighlifting (or something like that) and I'm thinking about doing some serious lifting. I really want to strengthen overall, after spending so many years focusing on cardio. So, we shall see!

So glad the weekend was so calm and hoping the coming week is too! (A girl can dream, right?)

Have a great week!

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HIPPICHICK1 1/15/2013 2:00PM

    I think weight lifting is great! I can't do heavy lifting anymore but when I was really into it I was lifting 495 lbs on the leg press machine.
Lifting weights is a great for building bone density. The only weight I lift these days is my body weight while doing yoga. It's just as satisfying to me as pumping iron.
Good for you for meeting most of your goals AND losing a pound!!

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MEXGAL1 1/14/2013 10:32AM

    so good for you to plan on the weight lifting.....I hate doing it but as we age it is so important.
Will be interested to hear how your painting class goes. I really enjoyed mine.
Have a terrific week.

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KERRIELYNN719 1/13/2013 9:20PM

    I ordered that book too! I'm so excited to get it and read it! I want to strengthen and cut back on so much cardio...mine is supposed to. Get here on Wednesday...I track it's progress to my house still hasn't even left the warehouse....yea, I get way too excited about things....

Congrats on the weight loss!

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Tracking Stress

Thursday, January 10, 2013

I KNOW these blogs are pretty boring. Sorry to anyone who is reading! But I made a commitment to keep track of my stress and how it affected my eating and exercise habits and now I am torturing mySparkfriends by keeping it!

So, to catch up on my jerky colleague who pissed me off yesterday. I talked to him. And her thanked me for letting know he was acting like a dick. Yes, that's what he said. Well, that was pretty accurate, so I said you're welcome.

And my ex texted me to thank me for bringing him groceries and cleaning his fridge while he was sick, and told me he was feeling better. Of course like a fool that made me cry.

I am SO glad tomorrow is Friday...I am tired of interacting with people.

Made a big pot of soup and had an extra glass of wine tonight. Planning to hit the gym tomorrow morning to make up for the fact that after 5 hours sleep I got up this morning, put on my workout clothes and fell back to sleep on the couch instead of going to the gym. Yes, we'll do tomorrow morning instead.

Sleep well!

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MEXGAL1 1/11/2013 6:53PM

    Gosh, sounds like you are dealing with a lot. I am so glad you have a week end coming up. Enjoy!

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ALLIEBROWN77 1/11/2013 10:49AM

    I'm glad for Friday, too. This week has felt so long, I'll be glad to crash a bit this weekend.


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HAWAIIANMAMMA 1/10/2013 11:14PM

    I have on more than one occasion passed out on the couch in my gym clothes after having every intention of working out. Haha! Put yourself first and always listen to your body. You can do it!

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KERRIELYNN719 1/10/2013 9:58PM

    wow, you're so much more confident than I would ever be...I would never say anything to anyone no matter how much they annoyed me...Good for you!!

If it makes your stress level go down, I heard laughing is supposed to, in my step class tonight, we were shuffling on this narrow (okay, over a foot wide step) and I managed to shuffle my butt off of it and onto the floor. It was quite the laugh for everyone. Now I have a battle bruise to complain about! A funny battle bruise at least!

Hope you have a good night!

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Eight Day Streak and Hot Yoga

Thursday, January 10, 2013

I am on an eight day streak and of eating less than 1550 calories per day and it feels great!

I also went to a hot yoga class and it was really challenging. The heat really loosens up the muscles and it feels good to sweat it out.

In other ways this has not been a fabulous week, work has been stressful and I have some other worries but being in control of eating and exercise felt good.

I think I am too accommodating of other people's bad behavior. One of my colleagues was a total jerk to me yesterday and I did not directly confront it. Instead, I worked out the immediate problem but didn't address the fact that he said something insulting to me, basically implying that I wanted to take credit for his work. I am going to address it today, letting him know that's what came across to me and give him a chance to explain. I have a habit of avoiding conflict. I don't like to go off without thinking something through, but sometimes that stops me from dealing with things. I also tend to make excuses for people's bad behavior but I'm cutting back on that too. It's gotten me in a lot of trouble in my life (ex-husband, etc!). So, I'm dealing with this.

Grr...I'll be glad when this work week is over.


Today was better than yesterday...

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Today, thankfully, was better than yesterday. I kept to my plan to work out this morning at the gym and thought about what I needed to do to resolve work problems (see yesterday).

And then I went into work and had a talk with my boss, asked for definitive feedback on why I was not able to achieve the top ratings that I had worked so hard for, and got no definitive answer. I know I made my boss somewhat nervous and uncomfortable, which was not my intent, but I think it was a reasonable question. And now I've done what I can. Going to put off further decisions for now. Fact is, I have good bennies, I mean how many organizations still offer pensions? Not many. So, we shall see how it goes.

On that count, I felt like I dealt with that stress as well as I possibly could.

Also emailed my ex-SO today. We didn't have a nasty breakup... we were together for a year and I don't hate him. We just can't be together. He has been sick for a week and a half, sounded awful and I asked him if he wanted me to pick him up some groceries, which he did. So I did, and made him a little dinner. Felt so bad for him...he is a cancer survivor with a compromised immune system and he is really sick. I am saying prayers.

Tomorrow evening I am going to a hot yoga class, which is something new for me. And I am sure it will be challenging. I am looking forward to it.

Hug your loved ones tight and enjoy every moment to the fullest...we all do the best we can.

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HIPPICHICK1 1/9/2013 8:57AM

    Glad to hear you had a talk with your boss.
Sorry to hear your ex isn't well.
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