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Working in a Red Hat

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Okay, so I took the Santa hat to work...boss was okay with me wearing it. :)

Today was weird...I slept short last night (stayed up too late), and this morning, I could barely drag myself up, so I didn't get a decent b'fast or manage to set up a solid plan for a meal while at work. (On Fridays, I'm not home until nearly 9pm, so I try to make sure to have a meal while there, before 8, if possible.) Anyway...I headed into work without a plan.

Around 4:30, as I was eating the banana I DID remember to bring with, I made a plan. Not necessarily a GOOD plan, but a plan. My co-worker and I ordered subs from Marco's Pizza to be delivered around 6:30 or so. Friends, I ate the whole thing. One sub is 2 servings. I was very, very hungry. But, good news, I have not been hungry since. :)

So...while my sodium jumped by having the sub, I'm still in the lower half of my calorie range today, managed a good bit of protein and kept my carbs low. And, I got in my water and did about 13 min of exercise. Need to get back that consistency I had in these things.

A favorite line from a favorite movie sums up what I'm working on, "Never give up! Never surrender!"

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LAHUDSONCHEF 12/22/2012 10:54AM

    A good night's sleep...maybe next week... hehe

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ZRIE014 12/22/2012 1:41AM

  have a good night sleep and everything will be okay. emoticon

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Is Up the New Down?

Friday, December 21, 2012

A la Vinny Barbarino, "I'm so confused!" (for you youngsters, that's from the show Welcome Back, Kotter)

After my crazy sodium extravagance earlier this week, I had 2 decent sodium days, and almost stayed within my calorie ranges.

With everything going on for me, I was certain that I was fighting to maintain and not gain.

Early in the month, I posted less than a half pound loss and I was thrilled. Today, after nearly 2 weeks of not weighing, I tried again. And, somehow, unbelievably, I am over 2 pounds down from that last weigh-in! How on earth did that happen????? (And yes, I checked repeatedly.)

Isn't that odd? It surely looks to me like I over-indulged and did not exercise as much as usual, But I still lost weight. Have I been over-estimating my calories eaten? I measure everything, except at a restaurant.

Well, I'm baffled, but I'll take it.

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WEBEZE 12/21/2012 2:47PM

    emoticon emoticon Go with it and enjoy.

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Accountability & A Santa Hat

Friday, December 21, 2012

Okay, for the purpose of accountability, I'm blogging tonight.

I just over-topped my calorie range today, because I really, really, really wanted a shot of spiked egg nog tonight. And that upped my sodium just a bit from what I logged on the low sodium group. I'm at 1620 on the day, which is worse than yesterday, but way better than the 4 days prior to that.

In other news, while I'm not a hat person, a friend dropped a Santa hat by my computer today, and left. So, all afternoon & evening, as I ran errands and hung out with friends, I wore that Santa hat. And do you know, not a single person looked at me funny in the tons of shops (Target, Marshall's, Wal-Mart, Walgreens, Ross) I went into. emoticon (there's no santa hat in the emoticons)

While I didn't make it to the gym today, I counted my over 3 hours of driving to, going into shops, walking through those shops and parking lots as equivalent to about an hour of leisurely walking through the French guesstimate of about 40 cal/hr. It probably expended more than that, but I'd rather shortchange my actual calories expended, than over-estimate them.

Anyway...that was my day. I may wear the Santa hat to work tomorrow, too.

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JULIERAE41 12/21/2012 12:56AM

    I overshot yesterday by about 125 calories because I just had to have the other 2 pieces of dark almond roca instead of the one I planned. 3 IS a serving after all. LOL
Back on the horse! Did better today and got my workout in.

Way to go for us! emoticon

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I Can't Relax This Much

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Well, like other SparkFriends, I find that I'm learning something about myself and my journey this month.

I had decided early on, that with the multitude of events, I wasn't going to worry about losing anything this month, but wanted to guard against gaining. When the first two weeks (which included me being sick nearly that whole time) resulted in a tiny loss, even though I'd overshot my ranges several times, I got cocky and relaxed my guard.

Bad move.

That cockiness grew as I began to succumb to all sorts of whims for junk and snacky foods. In fact, with as much as I've been over-eating, I've been hungry almost continually...'cause it was all junk, and my body wasn't getting what it really needed. And since most of that stuff was high-carb and high-sodium, I began craving carbs and sodium in a way that hasn't been my norm for 6 months now. My ranges were often left far behind (but thankfully, I still logged everything). Also, given everything, my water consumption dropped and so did my levels of exercise. Even broke my streak of at least 10 min a day.

The result? I feel weighted down, puffy, and my blood pressure is up. I have a slight gain which I think is mostly water, and my resistance to the seasonal ick has dropped...and I'm starting to feel sick again.

So, I planned a walk for this morning as part of my reset switch. Only, I slept so poorly from coughing again, that I couldn't get up early enough to fit it in before I had to go to work.'s nearly 10pm, and I haven't exercised at all today.

What I need most is cardio, and it's what I just don't think my body can handle with this respiratory illness. My heart rate goes up, and with it, my rate of breathing, and I start coughing my head off. So, I'll do a little resistance band work and maybe some squats and wall push-ups, just to get my 10 min in.

I stayed within my ranges easily today, ate 2 big, filling, salads and some good protein. Other than a brief few minutes at work before I ate my banana, I didn't get hungry today at all. I took in 1442 calories, with 84g protein...this is my key. If I can get to 75-90g protein, and between 50-70g fat, I am never hungry, even if my total calories are in the 1200's. I function better with carbs on the low end of the ranges, and fats at the top end. Of course, it helps loads if the fats are quality, like olive oil, real butter & coconut oil.

So, basically, my lesson learned is that I must remain diligent to plan my meals, to choose the better options, to challenge myself to exercise, because if I let myself relax, I will go overboard and I don't know how long I can tread water before sinking.

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LAHUDSONCHEF 12/21/2012 12:36AM

    JXNCHICORY, I love it that someone else uses the term "doing swimmingly"! :)

Today was rougher than yesterday, as a friend made a meal, and it's high sodium...Instead of wrapping the southwest chicken salad in a tortilla with cheese & sour cream, I put it on top of a huge bed of romaine & shredded carrots. And the tortilla soup she made, I had a half cup with no tortillas strips, no cheese and no sour cream. Still too high in salt, but way less than if I'd done the whole shebang, and I got a lot of roughage in.

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JXNCHICORY 12/20/2012 10:03AM

    Yes, the respiratory illnesses that are making the rounds do make it difficult. Hope you feel better quickly. Wonderful analysis of the situation, and kudos on your lessons learned! Perhaps one might say you're doing swimmingly!?
Have a happy holiday!

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Long Time No Blog

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Okay, so it's been a while...10 days to be precise. Most of that time, I've been sick - allergies with secondary sinus infection, followed by a nagging cough that wouldn't let me sleep. So, I've barely been making it through my days, what with work and the surprise party we were throwing for my friend's 45th.

Last night, however, not only did I not wake up coughing even once, I clocked a solid 8 hours asleep! Whoo-hoo! Still not 100% by any means, but I made it to the gym this evening and did a reasonably good treadmill workout, but short. Not enough strength recovered to do the weight machines yet.

So...I will leave it at that for now, and go to bed with my Kindle. :) (Praying for another 8 hours!)

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WEBEZE 12/14/2012 2:04AM

    So glad you are feeling better. I am hoping for a kindle for christmas from hubby.

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ERW001 12/14/2012 12:02AM

    Glad you are feeling better and emoticon to the 8 hours of sleep. I know how miserable sleep deprivation can leave you. Hope you are able to get another good night's sleep.

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