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A hidden streak?

Thursday, September 06, 2012

I have just realised that without actually noticing, I have reached seven weeks - that's 49 days! - without "picking" at food between meals. Since the beginning of my holidays, when I was with other people for four weeks, I have not eaten mindlessly all day as I usually do. And what is even more amazing is that I've been home for three weeks and have kept up the good habit.

So that's a streak, right? And I can keep it up, right?

The best news is that not only did I not put on weight during the holidays, I have also lost the 3 kilos that had "crept" up on me, due to mindless eating between meals, in the months before the holidays.

My weight loss journey is at last underway!


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    I am so happy for you! Congratulations!

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COMPUCATHY 9/7/2012 9:01PM

    That is INDEED a streak! And yes, you can keep it up! Way to go! And congrats on the weight loss! Keep up the good work! Thanks for the encouragement! Spark on! emoticon emoticon

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STRIVER57 9/7/2012 5:00AM

    yay Liz! i have to work at that again. but i will.

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SWEDE_SU 9/7/2012 3:56AM

    woohoo indeed! well done! that mindless between-meal-picking is a nasty foe to conquer and you are doing it!

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AGK3112 9/6/2012 6:11PM

    congrats.. emoticon

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Day 6 (yesterday)

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Hello spark friends,

Yesterday was a tiring day. I had loads of work, plus one or two important things to do which took a good chunk out of my day. Also I had a rehearsal in the evening at Versailles, so had to leave home at 5.30pm. I finished my work with some time to spare, and was exhausted. Felt like crawling into bed. But you were all there in my head, and I was not about to break my training programme in the first week. Day 6 was a 40-minute run. The sun was shining but it wasn't too hot. I thought, if I run 40 minutes I can easily get back in time to shower and leave on time. Now, a few weeks/months ago, I would have crawled into bed. But with your inspiration and my new-found motivation, I put on my running gear and went out. had a lovely run along the river, met other runners (including a man who must have been in his seventies) and felt wonderful at the end. I did 45 mins as I had to get home quickly (I obviously went slightly too far, but it was so nice!).

Anyway, all this is to say a big thank you to all of you out there. I felt wonderful and full of energy for an exhausting rehearsal. Concert on Saturday! Should be less exhausting though.


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CLAIREINPARIS 6/17/2012 4:08AM

    Wow, it is so wonderful to read this! You are doing great !!!

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SWEDE_SU 6/14/2012 4:07AM

    yay liz - getting out the door is the big thing - then it's one foot in front of the other!

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MINIUM 6/14/2012 3:06AM

    Woohoo! You made it! I'm so glad you did! Well done! Enjoy your concert!

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STRIVER57 6/14/2012 2:32AM

    congratulations! motivation is a good thing! gonna try running in a little while -- slowly.

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Day 1

Friday, June 08, 2012

So here I go. Day 1 of 14-week training program. I was supposed to do 5 mins easy walk, 15 mins easy run then 5 mins easy walk. Much less than what I've been doing. So we start off uphill through the very muddy woods (we being my best friend-partner and self) walking fast, which took us nearly 12 minutes. Then I ran for 15.5 mins, then we walked back down the road to the village. But as my friend and motivator Striver57 pointed out recently, it's a bit pointless walking when you can run. So I ran another 15 mins, up and downhill as poor partner can't run due to very bad back. Probably did another 15 mins in all, plus some more walking.
Feels great. I did some ST this morning too.
Tomorrow I have a 20-minute run with 5 mins brisk walk either side.

So I'll have to keep you all posted, which makes me accountable, which means I'll do this. Suddenly I feel really enthusiastic about it all.
Can I rely on you all to keep me going on the days I don't feel quite so motivated?


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CLAIREINPARIS 6/10/2012 4:21AM

    Of course, we'll check on you!!! We'll just love to do that! emoticon
It is fantastic you are doing this training. It will be an awesome experience and I look forward to reading your blogs and status! Go Liz!!!

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CELLISTA1 6/8/2012 10:31PM

    I'd be glad to be on your motivation team! I'm kind of in awe about your ambitious program. I feel like I'm watching from far, far away, both literally and figuratively, since I could never do something like that myself, but it is an honor to cheer you on!

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GLITTER60 6/8/2012 4:20PM

    i think you are doing great. my exercise today was shopping. hubby has a reunion. just keep posting on how you are doing and we will all nag you.

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SWEDE_SU 6/8/2012 3:42PM

    i shall be happy to nag you! go, liz, go! emoticon

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STRIVER57 6/8/2012 3:31PM

    yes of course i'll nag you. are you sure you're supposed to pretend you have no base miles? i haven't run since monday and am irritated as hell about it ... mainly at my dentist. came home & needed to be taken out for tacos and margaritas (authentic, delicious, pretty cheap, and practically around the corner). i feel better today & am tryiing a group run tomorrow. it's sort of a tryout for ParisFit; there's a link on the paris women's running group page on fb, but i'm pretty sure it's not convenient for you (not that bois de boulogne is convenient for me. or saturday mornings. but i thought i'd try it and see. and am especially glad after not running since monday. but it'll still be 3 runs this week.

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MINIUM 6/8/2012 3:10PM

    Brilliant! Yes, you can rely on me. I'm looking forward to reading your blogs. Is the race you're aiming for, in 14 weeks, La Parisienne?

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Deadlines, deadlines

Friday, January 06, 2012

My work revolves around them: 5000 words for next Tuesday. That's ok, I'll start tomorrow. But in fact, my whole life is governed by deadlines. Lose 5kg by next April? That's fine, I'll just have another chocolate. Send Christmas cards by December 5th? No problem, I'll start next Tuesday (after the 5000 words!). Except that suddenly the deadline is upon me and I haven't even started. (Well, the words usually get translated!) Suddenly it's April and I haven't lost any weight, or it's December 5th (or later) and my cards are not even bought, let alone written and posted. And so it goes on...

Perhaps I ought to get it into my procrastinator's head that really, whatever I have to do, I should start NOW. As in "No, you will not have that second chocolate, because you don't need it and you do need to lose 5kg." Or "How about buying the cards (or whatever) early and writing a couple a day?" So how can I change my attitude to a "Do it now" one instead of a "Wait until the very last minute - or even later" one? Any suggestions welcome, but not on a postcard please, as you might not get around to doing it either!!

Ahem, except that I actually did say to myself a few minutes ago, as I was about to do something else, "No, sit down and write this now instead of just imagining you will in a few minutes/days/weeks." TADA!!!

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CELLISTA1 4/14/2013 8:21PM

    I'm curating an exhibit right now - and I'm behind schedule. However, I think of the time when I wasn't doing the work as "percolating." If I don't allow myself that time to drift, I just can't cope. Now, when it's crunch time, I'm more able to focus. I also have that thought at the back of my mind that it WILL get done, it will get done beautifully, and it will get done on time. Do you think that too, or do you think it won't get done?

How strange, I don't have that confidence at all when it comes to weight-loss. At the back of my mind, I think it can't be done. Just shows you, it's all in your mind!

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CELLO23 4/14/2013 8:11AM

    (belated visit) Can so relate to this - My work is also deadline-driven and so I HAVE to achieve those work things, but find it hard to keep all the other plates spinning at the same time, especially when it gets hectic.
I've resorted to keeping a procrastination diary to find out what's at the bottom of it, and more importantly, what works. I've now got a timer and am using a version of the Pomodoro technique (basically 25-min units of focused time). This helps me crank on with work I'm resisting, such as marking!
Just sharing in case this is of any help!
Cello emoticon

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LISALGB 1/13/2012 9:10PM

    I can completely relate to you on this one!! I am Queen Procrastinator!! I really need to follow your lead.
Good luck with the 5000 words, I have to admit that I'm glad it's not me.

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MINIUM 1/6/2012 4:37PM

    I can completely relate - I discovered last summer what being a procrastinator was! FlyLady helped me a lot - if I set my timer for 10 minutes and focus on what I have to do, then I can do much more than I imagined. Ok, it won't work with 5,000 words (or the papers I have to mark) but it can for hoovering or writing a few cards...
Good luck for the translation!

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    What works the best for me is to make lists by priority... I so love crossing things once they are done!!! I wish you lots of courage for the 5,000 words, it doesn't sound fun at all. :(

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STRIVER57 1/6/2012 1:01PM

    TADA! you did.
not procrastinating is not something that is one of my specialties, as you well know. but i think it might conceivably help to write them down, and to seriously prioritize them. yes, work has to get done. but one should usually be able to squeeze in something around them ... besides surfing, mailing lists, etc etc.
i have been procrastinating writing back to thank you for all of your positive comments. will write offline now, while the spanish tutor is here. emoticon

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