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Accidental Exercise

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

So, we had a state-wide tornado drill this morning. They do these every month on the first Friday of the month, but I guess this was a "special" one...which would explain why I got like 50 e-mails about it yesterday (which, truthfully, I totally ignored).

So, the alarm sounded this morning and I just kept on working like normal until there was a knock on my office door. The "safety lady" for our floor told me to get out of my office. I asked her what I should do and she said go downstairs. So, I took the stairs from my top-floor office (8th floor) all the way down to the 1st floor, only to be led to a door that was going right outside. I thought, "This isn't right. Do not go outside in a tornado!" Ha.

So, I decided sitting in my hallway would have been safer. And I walked all the way back UP the 16 flights of stairs to my office.

Well, by then, the drill was over and I was like, "Thanks a lot, Safety Lady!"

But, guess what? That little, tiny torturous walk up the stairs burned 63 calories and you better BELIEVE I logged it in my Fitness Tracker! Ha!

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FRESKA 3/22/2012 6:27AM

    sounds fun! ;) but the safest place?? really?? in the hall of the 16th floor.. ?? please tell me your jokeing! lol hahha i think they wanted to practice for a real tornado so they could escort ya'll out there and let the twister do the down sizing they are avoiding.. ;) jk.. i have a warped since of humor at times. hope your day is going great!


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ILIKETOZUMBA 3/21/2012 11:08PM

    LOL I love it! Nothing like finding the healthy opportunities all around you. :) Awesome job!

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ADJQUILTER 3/21/2012 3:54PM

    Thank God it was just a drill! And even something as annoying as a safety drill can be used by God for our benefit!
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Unexpected Medical Emergency

Monday, March 19, 2012

Well, this day certainly did not go as planned. At 3:45pm, while I was in the MIDDLE of a conference call at work, my husband repeatedly called me until I finally got so annoyed, I checked my text messages. Well, he's been suffering from kidney stones the past couple days and he was trying to get a hold of me to tell me that his pain was at a 10. He was alone with our 4 yr old and had no car to get to the hospital. So, I high tailed it out of the office, got home and immediately took him to the ER. He got RIGHT in with the doctor, but then he was in with the doc for about 2.5 hours while I sat in the waiting room with our 4 year old, pretty much buying every item in the vending machine to keep the kid occupied. No worries...he'd eat two bites and want something else 5 minutes later. Ugh.

He finally came out of the doc's office and they had given him a huge shot in his back, a CAT scan and told him that his kidney stone is 5 mm, which is very big and could be extremely dangerous if it blocks his urinary tract (basically will cause his kidneys to shut down). He's been banished to the bed with his handy dandy vicodin and has to see a urologist tomorrow.

All that to say, I didn't *quite* get my scheduled exercise in today. But, life happens. And the good thing is...before all of this went down, hubby had thrown all the ingredients for Chef Meg's Crockpot Vegetable Curry into the slow cooker and it was scheduled to be done cooking around 7pm. Came home from the hospital right at 7pm. Cooked up some rice and dinner was ready. How's that for planning ahead? Thank you, SparkPeople!


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FRESKA 3/22/2012 6:31AM

    aww! how is he doing now? well, he'll have a new appreciation for you giving birth thats for sure! ;) hope and pray for a speedy recovery!!!!!

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ON2VICTORY 3/20/2012 6:26PM

    oh my, give him a hug for me, that is really hard to go through.... oh man, thats rough. thanks for being there for him


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MPRILL 3/19/2012 9:54PM

    Good Luck to your Husband. I hope he feels better soon. Make sure you take care of you too.


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ADJQUILTER 3/19/2012 9:42PM

    I pray that your DH will pass the stone and soon be feeling better. Be sure to take care of yourself also. I'll be praying for you too, and your little girl.
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COUPONS0216 3/19/2012 8:54PM

    Remember to take some time for you, and I will keep all of you in my thoughts and prayers.

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MOMMA2X6 3/19/2012 8:39PM

    Hope your husband feels better soon! Hang in there!

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FLUTTERFLI 3/19/2012 8:12PM

    Keep positive thoughts, he'll be fine, but I will say extra prayers for him and you !!!
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SANDRASSPARK 3/19/2012 7:58PM

    I pray that all goes well with your husband. I also pray that you have the strength to care for him and your 4 year old. I remember how kids can be at that "fun" age. Your SP family will be here for you!! emoticon

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Slightly Embarrassing Question

Monday, March 19, 2012

Ha...THAT title made you want to read this blog, didn't it???


So, I feel like something is changing in my body and I don't know if it's related to working out more, drinking more water, my diet or maybe I'm just getting old. LOL.

Did anyone have any issues with excessive sweating after you had gotten a few weeks into your diet and exercise regimen?


I mean, I know it's been getting warmer and I'm overweight...and overweight people sweat and overheat more easily than healthy folks. But this is unusual for me. Yesterday, I went to help set up at church and I was carrying some heavy things and moving around a lot, etc. I started sweating and it was POURING off of me. Like...to the point that my hair looked like I just got out of the shower. It was SO embarrassing. I went outside to cool down (it was a very crisp, cool morning) and I just could not cool down! Ended up having to go into the ladies room and literally take off my shirt and run cold water over my face and neck, etc. It was really gross. When I went back into the main room, I noticed that it was not hot at all in there. And no one else was all worked up. I know it was just MY body.

Only thing I can think...I have been drinking a TON more water lately. I mean, is it just as simple as that???

If so, yuck. And I hope this passes soon!

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LIFESCIRCLE 6/26/2012 8:55AM

    I just love your blogs! I am going back and reading a lot of them (slow morning at work... love my job emoticon)

I have been sweating like CRAZY. I hardly ever sweat, even when I was younger and athletic. As we say in the south, I only "glistened".

I take a break at work and go for a short easy mile walk and it used to be no problem. Now... I am soaked. Sweat pouring. And no change of clothes. (I really need some of those moisture-wicking underwear). I am wiping and wiping and its running like a faucet.

So YES... I have noticed more sweating. I have been eating healthier, much healthier and I drink lots of water. The body is amazing.

Maybe my body is settling in now, cause I haven't been sweating as much in the last few days. My clothes are not drenched.

I love your blogs... really great reading. You should just put it all in a book.

It would sell... for sure.

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DOTTIEJANE1 3/20/2012 10:35AM

    As your food becomes healthy and you loose some weight /inches your hormones will change . It's a female thing emoticon

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COUPONS0216 3/19/2012 8:50PM

    It could also be a hormone thing which can change when you diet and exercise, it's fun being a woman. emoticon

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LOLOSMOMMY 3/19/2012 10:33AM

    Unfortunately, I've always sweated alot...it is not the most pleasant thing, but it is what it is!

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    ever since i've been rigorously working out and being more active, i've noticed i sweat a lot more also. i have always been a big sweater, but it seems the healthier i'm getting the more i sweat, i also sweat in my sleep which is gross.
but, what can you do? just wear cool clothing and always have a rag with you to wipe off the excess and buy good deodorant

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Encouraging Changes

Sunday, March 18, 2012

I'm very encouraged as I write this, because even though I wasn't perfect calorie-wise today, I finished C25K Week 2 Day 1 and I made significant improvements to my interval times. So I felt really great about that.

And tonight, it seems that my husband is FINALLY getting on board with the healthy eating/correct portion sizes kick that I have been on for the past few weeks. I can't even tell you how much that helps me mentally. Also, we are preparing the kids to go back to school tomorrow (they've been on Spring Break all week) and we have them laying out their clothes and choosing the food they want in their lunches. They refuse to eat school lunch now because they saw the news story on "pink slime" that turns into chicken nuggets. Frankly, I love that...because the kids at school are all talking about it and I think that the voice of the students is SO much more powerful than a bunch of "nagging parents". The kids could bring their own change!!! That's so exciting!

Anyway, back to our house tonight...the kids are really trying to choose healthy options because they are so grossed out by the pink slime. So they are having a great dialogue with us about what is healthy and what is not. It's not a huge deal, because they won't necessarily EAT the healthy stuff yet...but it's a start.

And, you know what? I will TAKE baby steps over no steps at all!

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ADJQUILTER 3/19/2012 6:42AM

    A happy and blessed Monday, Leah! You are the Spark that will change yourself and those around you! How exciting that your DH and kids are beginning to come around. What a precious gift you are giving them all.
How exciting to be training for a 5K. I felt good about myself when I walked my first 5K.
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ON2VICTORY 3/18/2012 9:33PM

    Hi Leah! I am so glad to hear that hubby is getting on board. Lead with gentleness and set a good example, he is counting on you! Just think, your healthy journey is the spark for the whole family...wow, what an example you are :)

how awesome to hear about your 5k training improvements, it is going to be a great day indeed when you do your first race...you will be so proud, and we will too :)

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So, yeah. I guess I had a breakthrough today. Or something.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Today was just...well...instead of boring you with all the details, let's do something fun and I'll tell my story in pictures.

Yesterday, work rocked and I felt on top of the world and I was all...

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Today, work was really rough and I felt like...

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At lunch, which was an hour and half later than usual because things had been SO busy, I really wanted to go to a buffet and eat...a LOT.

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But, I knew in my heart that I should have this instead:

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And do you know what happened THEN???? Sitting at my desk...this literally happened....

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That's when I realized...there has never been a more CLEAR example of the fact that I am an emotional eater and that my trigger is stress.


So, I had an entire inner dialogue with myself. "OK, I want to eat because I'm upset. I feel....???"

Not Good Enough
Out of Control

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And I chose the salad. It was delicious. But I still didn't feel better. So, the breakthrough was that I recognized, in the moment, what exactly was happening and I did the right thing.

But I'm still left with this icky, frustrated, anxious, jittery feeling. It's like...now how do I actually HANDLE all these yucky emotions if I can't just eat and stuff them down?

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FRESKA 3/22/2012 6:36AM

    wow, cute way to do the blog. i wanna try that sometime! :) i think actually crying was a great way to get your mind and emotions releasing that stress. and not associating the comfort food with relief. by grabbing a quick fix. i think you got a lot of good advise already :) and of course i will say, get a massage and a chiropractic adjustment! get help releasing all that stress in your bones and muscles!

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ADJQUILTER 3/17/2012 9:24AM

    When I'm faced with a situation like that, I pull out my book "Made to Crave" and read over the Healthy Eating Go-To Scripts, like "I was made for more than to be stuck in a vicious cycle of defeat." You have circled this mountain long enough. Now turn north. Deuteronomy 2:3
-or "When I am considering a compromise, I will think past this moment and ask myself, How will I feel about this choice tomorrow morning?"
-or "When tempted, I either remove the temptation or remove myself from the temptation."
The other ladies have also given some excellent advice-do something to distract yourself.
Don't let it become a pity party. Turn over the controls of your eating to the Lord.
Pray to Him that you're just not strong enough in yourself to handle all of these feelings and situations, but He is all powerful, and there to help get you through it.
I know I could never hope to do this on my own. Turning over control is one of the hardest things for me to do, but it is so empowering and freeing. God is strong, you are not. Turn to Him in faith, and you will achieve victory.
Your team mates are praying for you too! I am praying that God will strengthen and guide you into making good choices. Remember, it is always a choice. You can choose to have the healthy and fit life that you want to have.
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MARVEEME 3/17/2012 6:22AM


Take a walk to clear your head...yes, even at work. Go to your car for that "forgotten" item that fell out of your purse. Change up your surroundings if even for just a few minutes. It will make a difference.

Breathing exercises along with chair exercises right at your desk can help too. Move the darn chair to the opposite side of the desk for a few minutes too....don't just sit in the chairs that are there, move them around for awhile....blame it on the need to stretch your back or legs, but switch it up.

Create a focus on a hobby or neglected task when these moments hit you at home. Keep a list of neglected tasks (like cleaning out your makeup drawer or organizing your linen closet). Something that will take more than a minute for you to complete will change your focus and will create new habits that will help you to re-prioritize stress.

While implementing the important "If it wasn't food 100 years ago, it still isn't, so don't eat it" philosophy, ask yourself one question about those non-food related stressful situations: Will what I do now matter in 5 years? Ahhhhhhhhh........it's not as important as you thought, eh?


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EXPAT_EMMA 3/17/2012 4:31AM

    Sorry work was rough. I know someone who lost a lot of weight and she was an emotional eater. I asked her how she did it. She told she learnt to not let the emotions fester inside of her - she wrote them down, told a friend, exercised them away. She also realised that not everything is her fault.
So why not try writing a journal (doing this blog is great as well). It is a good way to see if there are any patterns or triggers to the way you feel.
I have found exercise is also a great way of dealing with a bad day - kickboxing is especially good for dealing with stress!
Anyway, well done on making the right decision despite of everything!


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LOLOSMOMMY 3/16/2012 11:41PM

    I don't have an answer to your question but I'm an emotional eater too. I applaud you for recognizing it and then making a good decision.

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