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Feeling Good...

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

It's a great day today. I can't even say what it is that makes it a great day...I just feel great. Perhaps it has something to do with the fact that I slept pretty well last night. Plus, when I went to the restroom today, I happened to glance in the mirror and realized that this outfit and hairstyle and makeup is really working for me today. I'm usually not great at dressing for my weight, but I have to admit that this ensemble is trimming today. Little things like this really make a difference in my day and in how I feel about myself. Sometimes it takes awhile for me to understand that it's OK to give myself positive messages like this. It isn't necessarily "conceited" to think to myself, "I look really pretty today." I wouldn't think anything of telling one of my friends the same and I wouldn't think them arrogant if they accepted the compliment by saying, "Thank you. I feel pretty today." We should talk to ourselves nicely more often, don't you think?


Why not just try it and see how it feels? I can almost guarantee that it will change a lot of things. It has changed how committed I am to my calorie goals today. It has even given me a spark of motivation to do something active today. In the spirit of CONTINUING with this positive feeling...


It really is a lot like a spark that sets a flame. So...what are you waiting for? Go to it!


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MARVEEME 3/2/2011 7:21PM

    Next time you pass that mirror, look that beautiful girl right in the eyes and tell her, out loud, YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL!

You can't love anyone properly if you don't love yourself!



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PATTIBL 3/2/2011 4:55PM

    I agree, we should treat ourselves as our best friends and tell ourselves we look good! We also need to give a positive message to ourselves when we make the right choices.. like going to the gym or making a healthier choice. All to often we focus on the negative things we did not the positive.

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Chipotle - Brilliant or Bust?

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

So, it's the first day of the month, which means work is crazy busy for us and our required phone calls are through the roof, due to our sales team meeting their deadline of month-end sales yesterday. As is the custom, our company likes to bribe us to work through our lunch hour by giving us free food. Chipotle.


Normally, Chipotle is a total nightmare for me, calorie-wise. And do you think I ever eat just a half a burrito? Uh...NO. So, I've gotta say...I was a little worried about this. Now I won't say I'm a salad hater...in general, I do like salads. But when faced with a decision of what to get from a place like Chipotle, come on...who wants to get a SALAD? So, as much as it killed me at the time, I placed an order for a vegetarian Bowl (which I didn't know included rice - OOPS) and skipped the cheese, chips and sour cream (waaaah!), but sprung for guacamole. Because, I'm sorry...if there is an option for guacamole, you better believe I will ALWAYS get guacamole. There are some lines I just will not cross.


At any rate, lunch arrived and you know what? It was absolutely delicious. And for 445 calories (not bad!), I did not shed one tear at all for my missing meat, cheese, sour cream, chips or tortilla. I was completely satisfied. Wow...learn something new every day.


I'm convinced that adopting a healthy lifestyle is simply a series of small choices that add up to big results. The hardest part of all of it is making the choices. You don't understand how hard it was for me to NOT check that box for chips or cheese, thinking...what's the big deal? It's just a few more calories!!! Well, in the end, several instances like that will be a big deal.

So, yay for me. I, for one, am pleasantly surprised with myself at this moment.


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NASCARGRL67 3/4/2011 7:13PM

    I feel your pain!!! Chipotle is one of my absolute favs! We've eaten there every other day for a week now (there was a facebook coupon for buy one, get one free - almost too much of a good thing)!!!

I can forego the sourcream and the tortilla and half the rice but I NEVER, EVER do I go without the guacamole!!!

It is possible to make little changes and still eat out while adopting a healtier lifestyle!!! Good for you for making better choices!!! emoticon

Comment edited on: 3/4/2011 7:13:51 PM

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LIVESTRONG2010 3/1/2011 2:21PM

    I have never tried anything other than the vegetarian bowl with half the rice and black beans and yes I do have the guacamole as well. I so love that but I don't get it that much a.

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PATTIBL 3/1/2011 1:02PM

    Great job making a wiser choice. We are changing our eating habits as a way of life. This means finding a way to incorporate things like eating out and still maintaining a healthly lifestyle. The guac is not that bad since avocados contain a good fat and if you use that and the salsa as a dressing for the salad even better!

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  I love Chipotle's salads. I could eat those every day. Of course I am also allergic to gluten so I couldn't eat a burrito or anything even if I wanted to.

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Storms Without and Within

Monday, February 28, 2011

Wow. Last night was some night. In addition to the clamor and wrath of Mother Nature (tornado sirens at 2am and high winds whipping the front of our house like it was an annoying obstacle in a fight to survive), my brain was filled with ridiculous, high-school level drama from supposed friends of mine, not only in the derby world, but also in our so-called church family.

All of this added up to very little sleep for me. I slept from midnight to 2am. Then, from 4am-7am. Thus, a very cranky Leah sits here venting now. Do you know that, on days like this, when I'm mentally and physically fatigued, I just don't give a crap about being healthy or being a better me? I do what I can to survive, which usually includes a ton of caffeine, no water whatsoever and plenty of horrible snacks (basically just eating non-stop, in order to stay awake and do my job).

Lucky for me, we are starting the Biggest Loser at work today. And I will be 100% honest and say the only reason I didn't call in to work today is so I could go to the kick off meeting. I've also realized that some of the closest and most trusted friends that I have at the moment are actually at work. Is that ass backwards or what?! Lol. But, seriously, without Jade, Mara, Courtney, Rose (and even Melissa, who I just met for the Biggest Loser Challenge), I would more than likely be lying in a heap in my bed today, just crying and watching chick flicks. And I'm not just saying that because I send them this blog every day. emoticon

Thanks for motivating me, ladies. We really need each other and I'm so glad to have you. Here's to attempting to make it through this day. emoticon

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MARVEEME 2/28/2011 9:10PM


Go Get 'Em Tiger!


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Sunday, February 27, 2011

What a great trip to Louisville last night! Of course, our team killed it and won. Great way to start the season! The road trip down and back was pretty fun. And I have to say that this was the first bout (and road trip) where I didn't go completely crazy with food. And I was totally satisfied with my modestly-sized dinner. Important lesson learned!

Today has been nice. Church this morning. Now writing up the bout recap, then planning on just relaxing for the afternoon and watching the Oscars later tonight with my husband. I have to admit, though...we are thinking of cheating and getting Taco Bell Crunch Wrap Supremes as a special Oscar treat. They are on sale for 88 cents! And I start the Biggest Loser at work tomorrow morning. It's like a "last hoorah" before I go all out. Is that terrible?

Well, anyway, I really don't feel too guilty about it. It's not like I'm running around the house all day eating cake and donuts and cookies too. Lol.

Everyone have a very restful Sunday! emoticon

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MARVEEME 2/27/2011 10:12PM

    Figure out how much extra exercise you'll need this week to work it off, and add it to your plan. It works!

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CHRISAHAHN 2/27/2011 2:51PM

    You have a very restful Sunday too!

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SCHAUJODY 2/27/2011 2:40PM

    Everybody needs a break once in a while.

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Ahhh...Saturday is SO much better!

Saturday, February 26, 2011

SIGH of relief! FINALLY got the sleep I needed. I can't believe how much of a difference sleep can make in my life! It's really nice to have kids that are just a bit older that sleep a little later. It's the most wonderful feeling to wake up slowly and take my time getting ready and waking up. Had a nice cup of coffee and some oatmeal. Now just chillin' on SparkPeople and planning the day.

My muscles are still so sore from Thursday's workout. I can barely walk down stairs or sit on the toilet, let alone think about strength training today!!! emoticon

And yet I still want to get some exercise in...especially since it's Bout Day and I am bound to consume something with a decent amount of calories (whether that be alcohol or food) so I'd like to have some sort of buffer for that. I think I'll find a nice yoga workout and do that (thank God for the free workouts on On Demand!)

If I feel better after some stretching and yoga, I might attempt some cardio. But I don't want to hurt myself right out of the gate!

So, that's the plan. Later gator. emoticon

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MARVEEME 2/26/2011 10:36PM

    When in doubt.....



Good for you getting such a good workout. Don't let those muscles retract, keep stretching and reaching your goals!

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