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June 2 - Day 2

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

June is a big month for me. I am going to be starting my training for my half marathon (walking). I am also doing the 30 Day Shred for the month of June. I did day two today.
I have been totally babying my foot for the last 3 weeks. I have been doing a lot of yard work but not any of my regular exercising. So I hope that I can really start walking and be OK. Time will tell though. This coming weekend I will be going out of town for scrapbook weekend. It is pretty much a 2.5 day of doing nothing but eating and cropping! Ahhhh! Don't worry I plan on taking my Shred DVD with my computer and walking after meals! Though i probably won't sleep much! :-)

My eating has been right on. I have started tracking my food more often just to make sure, but I pretty much eat the same things everyday. If I add anything then I track the whole day to see where I am. I am ranging between 1300-1450 (I have a range of 1200-1550). So I am pretty happy about that.

Speaking of food I have finding myself eating more fresh foods, mostly fruits. I am on day 17 of no unhealthy snacking! Which means I have had no Dove mini chocolates in 17 days, or brownies or cake (I actually threw a piece away this week). I still have a desert once or twice a week, that is ok as long as I am in my calorie range but my main goal was to stop snacking on junk food during the day!

Let's talk about the Shred. It is kicking my butt! The first day wasn't bad, I work out in the morning and all day I felt my chest tighten up but otherwise I felt fine. This morning I felt my quads and parts of my abs were tight then I did day 2. Tonight I can barely climb my darn stairs my quads are so tight and my chest muscles ache like crazy! MAN I had NO idea I was so out of shape!! LOL I will NOT stop because I don't to go through this all over again! LOL

Well that is all for now!
Thanks for reading!

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GOODGETNBETR 6/3/2010 6:06AM

    Way to go with the new programs! Just like with the snacks you wil adapt and be the stronger for it. Good luck!

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SPARKNMOM 6/2/2010 10:57PM

    Woohoo for getting the training going. I talked to 2 people this weekend who are doing the 1/2. I'm tempted, but not sure I'll be ready THIS year perhaps! Best wishes to you :)

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BCVWDW 6/2/2010 9:48PM

    Hey - you got this... Keep going! emoticon

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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

I love fruit! Just about all fruit I have ever tried I love!
I read somewhere once (maybe here on SP). That most people either eat more fruit then veggies or the other way around. I am a fruit eater most defiantly! I get my daily 5 just about everyday. 4 of which are fruit. Lately I am eating Sweet Cherries, Strawberries, Blackberries and I eat a banana EVERYDAY. I know why I like fruit more than veggies, I am a sugar addict, fruit is naturally sweet. Veggies are not. Don't get me wrong I like veggies. I don't like a huge verity of veggies but I do eat at least one veggie (trying to add another) everyday! I love this time a year because of all the fruit coming into season. I am so waiting for the strawberries to be ready in my area (we are talking days away!) Then blueberries in July, Peaches in August, Apples in September!! Let's not forget all those melons and other fruits in between!
I was just thinking about what kinds of fruit other people eat? I live in the mid-west and I do my best to eat locally so that limits some citrus type fruits. My sister, who lives in Miami FL, turned me on to plantains! I love them but I don't cook them very well so I have to wait to find a "professional" to teach me how! LOL
So here is the question...What is YOUR favorite fruit or Veggie?

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SPARKNMOM 5/25/2010 9:20PM

    I love my fruit AND veggies!! I'm so excited that it's produce season :)

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GOODGETNBETR 5/25/2010 3:58PM

    Fruit...Nature's junk food? Glad to hear that you get so many servings a day. Alas, I need to work on my numbers. My favorite would have to be Avocados because they're so versatile. High in fat but it's the healthy kind and so friggin tasty.

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XFITSTRONG 5/25/2010 3:25PM

    Grapefruit... Ruby Red. I peel it and eat it like an orange. I think my tastebuds have gotten weaker the older I have gotten because I used to not be able to STAND them... Now I love them! I eat one aout 3-4 times a week.

I am so NOT a veggie person...

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WHOAMOMMA 5/25/2010 11:43AM

    We have strawberries in our garden and trying to beat the bugs and birds when they become rip. DH wanted watermelon so we're trying that out this year. Those are our favorite fruits.

I'm more of a veggie person, but I struggle to get both fruits and veggies in. I'm getting better at it. Looking for recipes for Swiss Chard (those leaves get HUGE). Kohlrabi is my favorite veggie (turnip like), along with broccoli.

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You know I have been thinking...dangerous past time...I know

Monday, May 17, 2010

OK so first off let me give credit to my title. It is a quote out of a Disney Movie "Beauty and the Beast". There that should cover the copyright thing! LOL

But I have been thinking. I have been thinking a lot. I have been off again and on again for several months now. Two weeks ago I finally decided that I have had enough. I know what I need to do and I am going to "just do it!" Then my foot starts hurting (see last blog). I am feeling slightly defeated but am so trying to work around it. I tried walking one day then taking one day off. Well my foot would not hurt on the off day but as soon as I raised the speed of my treadmill the pain would come back right away. So I took two days off. Same thing...I have such a hard time with not being ABLE to exercise. Then my dear SP Friend Kirk reminded me that the treadmill isn't the only way to get my cardio in (Thanks again Kirk!!) So I decided to look at other ways. This weekend I did a lot of yard work. Most of it is planting and re-potting, there was a lot of lifting and bending. And I mowed too. Not sure if it was cardio or not but I was doing something! On Saturday I went to a nature preserve and to my surprise my foot hardly hurt at all after walking in the woods for 2 hours! I am not sure if it was the pace or if it was because of the natural cushion on the ground but i was very thankful! I meant to try riding my bike but with all the yard work I was pretty exhausted at the end of the day! I have been trying to remember to ice my foot even if it doesn't hurt. I really need it to heal because I need to start training for my half Marathon that is in September!
Then I got another little wake up call this morning. I got on the scale! NOW if you are a regular reader of my blogs and posts you know I am the first to say that the scale is a tool and should NOT be used as a mood alterer (is that a word?? LOL). I honestly believe that! As of this morning I am 10 pounds above my goal weight. I hit my goal weight last July. My maintenance range is 7 pounds so I am 3 pounds out of that range. NOT a good feeling. So I made a decision. I am starting a new streak. I am going for seven day with NO unhealthy snacking. For me that comes in the form of candy. I am a sugar addict! I plan on breaking that addiction. One day at a time!
So here are my goals...pretty simple and should be very easy to accomplish.

1. No unhealthy snacking for 7 days.
2. Find ways to move and exercise without hurting my foot.
3. Don't push the foot - if it hurts STOP doing whatever it is - for the next 7 days

If I can't do numbers 2 & 3 than next Monday I will make an appointment with the doctor to see if they can do anything.

Thanks for Reading!

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TIFFYDAWNMC 5/19/2010 3:30PM

    You'd be surprised how much "non exercise" burns up the calories! In the fitness tracker, just look up "gardening" and "mowing" and you can log the minutes and see how many calories you actually did burn doing those things...

Best of luck and keep going with your streak...YOU CAN DO IT!

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BLK2010 5/19/2010 2:43PM

    U can do it.. I was reading a blog last week about a woman who is wheel chair who was morbibly obese and losing tons of weight. She was bloging about she does anything to exercise and it made me think about my hardships and exercising. We can find a way. ONe body part hurts, move something else. I love riding my bike. It def. helps rest my running aches. Hang in there!

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LIZZYMITCH 5/19/2010 1:44PM

    Isn't it great to indulge in exercise that you can enjoy? I always feel so much more...I don't know. Connected to my humanity sort of. There's something extra wonderful about natural exercise. Also, maybe give tropical fruit a try? Higher calories than most fruits, but just as sweet and certainly healthier than candy and baked goods!

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SPARKNMOM 5/17/2010 10:06PM

    Way to look at where you are and where you want to be and make it happen :)

I, too, don't let the scale dictate my mood, however, I do rely on it to keep me accountable. When I got to 15 pounds over goal, the scale reminded me daily of what my little extra bites, servings, and cheats were doing....

Woohoo on the half marathon!!! :) I'd love to do it, too, but I'm not at all convinced that I can adequately train for it....good for you for DOING IT!!

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KIMMYWIZZIE1 5/17/2010 9:17AM

    Sounds like a good plan to me. I also have foot problems and my new mantra is "Do what you can, but do SOMETHING!"

Hope you have a great week!

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My foot hurts... :-(

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

OK, I have been dealing with this on again off again foot pain for somewhere around 6 - 7 months now. My cardio routine is/was pretty simple... 17 minute mile at 3% incline on the treadmill. I lost 17 pounds on six months doing it! I have never really liked strength training and it wasn't part of my routine. I would do it here and there but that is about it. There is the back ground of my complaint.
The pain is on my right foot only. It is on the outside of my foot right about the middle of the foot. I have realized that the more I walk with the pain I have been getting calluses on the inside of my foot right under the big toe. I figured I was wearing the wrong shoe so I am now on my 3rd pair of shoes since then. I just got the 3rd pair and I have warn them off and on but not on the treadmill for the last week. This morning I decided to try them on the treadmill. Well it was all I could do to do 1 mile! I started limping, got off the treadmill and put on an older pair of shoes and walked for another 3/4 mile before I ran out of time and had to get off.
As I am sitting here (almost 3 hours later) I still fill a warm dull pain in the area.
In the past I have stopped walking for a few days and taken anti-inflammatory. The pain never last more than a day or two but it happens almost every time I get on the treadmill or whenever I try to walk fast enough to get into the cardio rate. For a few months I stopped walking all together. I can't say that my foot pain was the only factor that stopped me from walking but it was one of them.
So this morning I got on the internet. I found that I could have tendonitis. I think I was wearing a shoe that was to narrow/small. It said to use the R.I.C.E. method and avoid walking "uphill" if that works then attention of a doctor is not necessary. I sure hope so, I really can't afford to get a $100 pair of shoes or go from one doctor to another (my insurance requires a referral to a specialist) to try to fix this! Right now I am walking every other day. I will continue this but get rid of the incline. Though I don't feel like I am getting a good workout without the incline. Walking without incline is better than not walking at all I guess.

Here are the links that I used to find out my information...

thanks for reading.

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GOODGETNBETR 5/14/2010 1:44AM

    Thanks for the great info because you never know when the music stops someone else might be sitting in your chair. I truly hope you find some relief to the pain. One good thing about the elliptical, if put on the right setting it's almost like you're running but without all the pounding on joints. Also, biking is good till the butt gets sore but they have seats for that too. emoticon

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WHOAMOMMA 5/11/2010 4:03PM

    I'm so glad for the internet. You can find so much info and see if it will work instead of running to the doctor when something simple could be the problem.

My sister delivered phonebooks and after 380 homes her one foot is badly bruised and all she can figure is walking up and down the driveways putting pressure on her toes.

Hope you get your problem figured out.

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CAROL- 5/11/2010 9:22AM

Hope that foot is feeling better soon!

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BRANDIRT 5/11/2010 9:04AM

    Hope your foot feels better soon.!!
I got a pair of ASICS running shoes at JC Penny for 44 dollars.
They are supposed to really good shoes!!
Maybe they will work for you!!

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Someone I am not

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Did you ever wish that you could be someone else? I don't mean like a real person, like "OH I wish I was Sharon Stone." NO! I mean, sometimes I have this inner voice that says that would really like to be less shy around people I don't know. Or I have this wish to be more confident with the way that I look. I am very modest and shy. Don't get me wrong, I LIKE me! I really do. I just wish for enhancement for my personality, make my outward personality the same as my inward personality.
I heard someone say once, this is not an exact quote...We are the person that we want the person we are with to see.
Makes sense huh? So if we have an old friend that have been with you threw thick and thin you are a different person than you are with a person let's say that you just met and are starting a new friendship with.
As I am going through my weight loss journey, it has occured to me that as I am relearning to appricate my body for what it has done for me. As I am treating it better, I can allow myself to transform into the person I would like to be. A better person. A person that isn't afraid to do or wear what I want because of the what someone else might think.

Example: I am short. I am 5 foot tall and my goal weight is 113 pounds. Currently I weigh 121. I have NEVER been comfortable with telling people what I weigh because I get some nasty reaction or dismissive reactions. What makes YOUR weightloss more admiral than mine? It is just as important to me as yours is to you!

Example: I have this inner wild child in me. I never expressed it in my 20's and now I am in my mid-late 30's I feel the need to. I got my first tatoo this month

I haven't shown it or told a lot of people because of what they might think of me. I am 37! Why should I care!?!

Example: There are a lot of clothes that I would like to wear. Somethings that are more figure flattering. I have worked really hard to tone and lose the extra weight. I am not talking slutty or wearing what a teenager would wear, just something that is not baggy frumpy! I have dabbled a little bit in this but mostly I don't because of what others may think!

As you go on your journey, has it occurred to you that this new body can also come with a new out look and/or personality? I am thinking about it little by little. The changes are starting to come....
Thanks for reading.

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SPARKNMOM 4/29/2010 11:04PM

    I can very much relate. You know, I changed a LOT when I lost the weight. I became more confident. I felt new. I felt exciting. I felt pride. I don't like wearing frumpy clothes anymore - and I won't. Like you, I'm not dressing promiscuously, but I do feel fun and exciting in what I wear.

Love the the zest for life and excitement!! So glad you posted this blog!!

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GODS_CHILDREN 4/29/2010 12:38PM

    You were a caterpillar then you went into a cocoon and now you have emerged into a butterfly!

Yes, you can change and grow with every day! New lessons to learn, new experiences to enjoy and My friend I love your tattoo! I got my first when I was in my forties! Change has no age! Become the person you dream and be proud that you have the time to discover all there is about you and imagine what new things you will find out about yourself as time passes!

Life is a journey to enjoy to the fullest and share the excitement with those you meet!

Keep it coming beautiful lady! You are worth it and I am lucky to call you my friend!

Hugs, Lisa

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CHUPAL01 4/28/2010 1:41PM

    I love your tattoo! It is beautiful!

I do understand what you are saying. You act differently around different people depending on the length of your relationships.

Your inner "wild child" will come out when you least expect it! Probably when your a crotchety 70 year old lady! Then it is expected! emoticon

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AYERSGIRL 4/28/2010 11:08AM

    HAHA..Got my first ink at 36 and I LOVE it. My hubby isnt thrilled but he knew it was all about me and a lifetime of yearning for one so he didnt even try to stop me.LOL! I cant say my personality will or is expected to change as I change but Im sure my self confidence is going up as my weight is going down.No matter what we should all be proud of how we are learning to change. Keep up the good work!


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