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Hurt my knee but it feels a lot better now

Friday, April 11, 2014

On my day off Wednesday I went to a nice playground with my dad and my sister's kids.
Weather was cool and windy but sunny, bright blue sky above the colorful wooden toys.
The little boy almost fell off the top of a high toy, I caught him but hit my left knee hard.
Ouch! The pain was very intense for a few minutes but them it subsided quickly.
Luckily, I haven't twisted anything, just hit thighbone beside the kneecap.
It didn't hurt much but to be on the safe side no exercise for a few days, only those that don't involve the knee..
Today it is almost completely OK.
I may be a bit hypochondriac... but better safe than sorry!
Tomorrow I try the long forest walk with my friend, and if all OK I go back to yoga and running on Sunday.

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SETTIMIA 4/14/2014 12:19AM


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MOBYCARP 4/11/2014 8:43PM

    Better to take three days off from running, than to aggravate a minor injury and have to take a few weeks off. Better safe than sorry, indeed!

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DEB9021 4/11/2014 6:22PM

    A forest run sounds wonderful. Hope your knee lets you enjoy it. Sounds like you took good care of it and should be ready to go again.

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ROXYZMOM 4/11/2014 6:00PM

    You are smart to take it easy! You must have looked like Superwoman leaping up to save the child!

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TERRIPAL1 4/11/2014 5:37PM

    Sorry about your knee, but nice catch ,for the child anyways!!

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JANTHEBLONDE 4/11/2014 5:32PM

    I'm so sorry to hear about your knee..... I hope it feels better soon! Sending you extra hugs!
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SETTIMIA 4/11/2014 3:08PM

    Sorry to hear about your knee, hope you enjoy the walk in the forest!

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Finding my own way in maintenence - exercise adjustment vs improvement

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

During my morning run today I was thinking about how my exercise habits changed during my years here on SP,
I started with stationary biking and easy body weight and small dumbbell exercises.
3 months later I added running,
Later I stopped using my stationary bike, and walked outside instead.
Then I added weight lifting with a barbell.
And most recently I added yoga.

Now, my running pace and distance has been the same in the past 2 years, and the weights I'm lifting have been the same for several months.
During the same time many SP friends increased their running pace and / or distance tremendously, or lift huge weights.

Why is this? I'm lazy.
I hate sweating and intense workouts, I don't like to be exhausted.
I hate going to the gym.
On the other hand I love being outside, I'm ready to make time to exercise every day a priority over pretty much everything, and I don't mind doing the same thing over and over again for several months or years.
And based on my past experience of quitting any exercise that I found exhausting or unpleasant, I tried to avoid doing things I have any resistance against.

I have adjusted my exercise several times as I grew stronger and wished to do something more.

At the start I considered yoga useless, as it hardly burns any calories.
But my main problem has always been emotional overeating, and I needed something to fill the empty feeling with something better with food.
This is how I started meditation and ended up doing yoga after all.
After my yoga workouts I feel peaceful and energized, and I hope that once I will do the moves as gracefully as my 20 year old daughter (she has been practicing for 2 years).

So this is my exercise/wellness plan now:
-running 4x/week, 30-45 minutes, around 10 min/mile
-weight lifting 2x/week
-2-3 walks/week
-yoga 25-45 minutes every day
-sitting meditation 2-3 x/week
-deep relaxation 2x/week

My eating plan is following the SP maintenance plan, 1750-2100 calories/day.
I do this eyeballing my food and remembering the usual portion sizes as long as I'm at or below my goal weight, and going back to measuring and tracking all food when my weight shows an upward tendency, This happens 2-3 times per year.

I'm content with my lifestyle and with my body.

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LESLIESENIOR 4/9/2014 5:55PM

    I think you are awesome and have a very powerful combination healthy living habits. Your exercise regime makes me feel lazy. You inspire me whenever I read your blogs. Thank you!!!

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STRIVERONE 4/9/2014 4:51PM

    If your goal is to be happy, healthy, and fit, you're doing just grand.

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SHELL1400_85 4/9/2014 10:17AM

    As the other have said, keep doing what works for you. If you don't like a workout, you are likely not to do it. As long as you are happy, that is really all that matters!

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ELAINEROSE5 4/9/2014 8:04AM

    I couldn't agree with you more that we have to find what works for us! I am not a fast runner either or adding much weight, but I'm happy with what I'm doing and it's working, so why mess with a good thing.

I found about 5 pounds on my cruise, but we had a blast and I have no regrets! I'm sure I can figure out how to get them off.

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JANTHEBLONDE 4/9/2014 7:06AM

    I am so proud of you! Keep up the awesome work! I hope you have a great day!
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ROXYZMOM 4/9/2014 7:00AM

    What you are doing for you works very well for you. You have a great thing going. I am enjoying yoga too! I am going to try to incorporate it in my work day.


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Short update

Saturday, April 05, 2014

Nothing significant happened this week.
I continued tracking my food, and didn't feel deprived at all.
Running, weight lifting,walking and yoga - as usual.
Nice weather and good mood.

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ROXYZMOM 4/6/2014 10:08AM

    Awesome! Love your new picture!!

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TRUE-NESS 4/5/2014 9:05PM

    Sounds like a great week to me! Simple and sweet and successful!! More of the same, please. :-)

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JANTHEBLONDE 4/5/2014 3:51PM

    That's fantastic news! I'm so proud of you! I hope you have a wonderful weekend!
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LESLIESENIOR 4/5/2014 3:35PM

    Awesome and positive update. Keep it up. Thanks for sharing your uplifting week!

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MRS.DOYLE 4/5/2014 1:40PM

    No news is good news!!

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SETTIMIA 4/5/2014 12:42PM


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Good week again

Saturday, March 29, 2014

This week has been lovely.
I took a day off on Friday, and so have a 3-day weekend with not much planned.
I put away the winter shoes and clothes, and took springtime clothes and shoes out of the bags and boxes. It feels different! : ) My wardrobe now matches the wonderful sunny weather.
Spent a lot of time running, walking, lifting weights and doing yoga, ended up with 600 fitness minutes again.

My eating was not as perfect as during the previous 2 weeks, I had 2 minor binges and went slightly out of range, thanks to 1) eating fancy chocolate with DS while watching movies 2) eating from the bowl of peanuts DH was munching while watching movies. It is amazing how many calories 4 pieces of chocolate or a handful of peanuts can hold!
Overeating twice in 3 weeks is acceptable for me, and it did not spoil my peaceful and happy mood.

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WILLITWORK1 4/2/2014 7:04AM

    600!!! You go!

It is so easy for me to have foods slip by me if I'm watching tv or a movie. There must be some measure of disengaging that I have. I appreciate you saying that. Maybe it will help me pay more attention

Have a lovely day!

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MEXGAL1 4/1/2014 8:01PM

    one doesn't have to be's the overall journey of eating healthy that counts.

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SETTIMIA 3/30/2014 6:47AM

    Thank you for commenting on my blog, sometimes it is good for you to have a treat!

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MONA791 3/29/2014 3:14PM

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MRS.DOYLE 3/29/2014 12:40PM

    I agree it is the snacks that can put us over our targets. I factor in the nuts as they are nutritious, but I had chocolate today and am regretting it as I am almost at my targets and it's still only 5pm.

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STRIVERONE 3/29/2014 10:50AM

    It's always good to hear you are doing so well.

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Update after 2 weeks of tracking

Saturday, March 22, 2014

I'm finishing week two of tracking all my food, to get back to my goal weight.
These are my numbers per week:
Daily calories eaten, average: 1920 - 1990
Weekly fitness minutes: 541 - 633
weekly calories burned: 2950 - 3000

Tracking food really helps.
I stayed within my range every day, both calories and nutrients,
I was hungry a few times, but the perspective of tracking silly things stopped me from eating them. The tricky part is always dinner, so before making my dinner I reviewed my nutrition tracker, and planned the dinner so that it fitted in.
It was good to see that I didn't have to make any adjustments to stay in range for carbs, protein and fat. In the weight loss phase 2.5 years ago I struggled a lot to eat enough protein and fat, I seem to have learned it at last.

I made quite a lot of fitness minutes and calories burned.
This is partly due to the four 45-minute yoga sessions each week - not many calories but it adds up, and partly due to evening walks.
I also had a chance to swim twice this week, in the hotel where I stayed during my business trip.

My actual weight is back to goal (63 kg) , but I go on tracking for a few more weeks, because I want my goal to be the upper end of the daily fluctuation, and spend most of the time below 63 kg.
This is where I feel best.

There is one adverse effect though: all my clothes are a bit too loose, but the next smaller size is just a bit too tight. Sigh...
But I prefer feeling better to looking better, and also hate shopping, so I'll stay with my looser set of clothes.

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JANTHEBLONDE 3/29/2014 11:17AM

    I'm so proud of you! Tracking is the key for me! I hope you have A wonderful weekend!
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WILLITWORK1 3/24/2014 9:45AM

    good for you...........using the MPT and all
Most Powerful Tool!!!!

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MEXGAL1 3/22/2014 5:26PM

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Tracking is simply key to me!
woo hoo!
Have a nice week end.

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MRS.DOYLE 3/22/2014 4:17PM

    Very inspiring though it is a nuisance being an in-between size. The alternative of being larger is worse!

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STRIVERONE 3/22/2014 4:02PM

    I also find that knowing I am going to document everything I eat prevents me from eating some things that that otherwise might get by. It seems like a poor motivation for restraint, but if it works, I'll take it.

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MJREIMERS 3/22/2014 2:01PM

    emoticon emoticon I hope you continue to do well!

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LESLIESENIOR 3/22/2014 11:03AM

    Great example for us all!!!!!
P.S. I hate shopping too!

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JANTHEBLONDE 3/22/2014 10:36AM

    I'm so proud of you! Tracking is the most important thing you can do for yourself! I am a true believer on tracking.... I have tracked my food for 25 years now!

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TORTISE110 3/22/2014 8:16AM

    Nice! Tracking is so important for me too.

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ROXYZMOM 3/22/2014 8:15AM

    emoticon i love your self-discipline!

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BROOKLYN_BORN 3/22/2014 7:52AM

    Good for you!
You can't beat tracking for accountability. I also prefer staying within goal range so that daily fluctuations only bump up against that upper limit.
I need to track to make that happen.

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BECKYANNE1 3/22/2014 7:47AM

    emoticon I started tracking my food again this week too. I need to get back down to my goal weight and I have 6 lbs to go. I prefer to go a couple of lbs under to be able to deal with the ups and downs that seem to happen.

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