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Winding Down the Vacation That Wasn't

Sunday, July 04, 2010

It's Sunday evening and back to work tomorrow, then off Tuesday and Wednesday back to my "regular" schedule. I was supposed to have been on vacation this week, but things didn't work out that way. I was pretty upset about it, but tried to make the best of the situation. I was able to get some things done and saved some of the money I would've spent, so that's a good thing as I will probably be needing new tires before winter and new running shoes in the next couple of months and the cell phone is on it's last legs so that will need to be replaced.

Besides that, my eating aside from one or two days was in line without really trying....it is really habit now to eat healthy and my body almost seems to know what and how much it needs. I did go a little over a couple of days - one day out of pity for myself and slightly over a couple of days celebrating the long fourth of July weekend. All in all though, my weight is remaining consistent and I am still at my goal, but I need to get more consistent now and look at where my nutrition needs to be to keep maintaining. That will be a challenge in itself.

I also set my next goals for myself....One is personal and that is to finish tuning and stick to a budget. I am tracking my spending and have set some catagories and will adjust as we go along...plus I signed up for Financial Peace University which will start next Sunday. The next goals are physical - Get consistent with my fitness again...I am signed up for two more races so far this year...one on Sepet 11th (my first 10K) and another 5K in Sept. I'd like to squeeze in one more in November, but we'll see how that goes. I have also set a long term goal for next year, to run a half-marathon. I think I'm haf-nuts, but that should keep me motivated over the long winter months. Lastly, I would like to get my body fat percentage down to 22%. According to our scale I am right between 26 and 27% now, but with the increase in running and more consistency in my workouts, I should be able to get there by the time I run the half.

So, that's where I stand. I'm not fond of change and switching gears from the weight loss phase to this new chapter will be a challenge, but it has been a wonderful and educational journey so far and I look forward to Sparking with you all for a long time to come. Good luck to all of you in reaching your goals, whatever they may be!!!

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BE_STRONG 7/13/2010 11:45PM

    You are so ready for that 10K, you have almost run one already and Sept. so a long way away. You can do it!

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MIMIKK7 7/5/2010 12:04PM

    emoticongoals emoticon!! I know you will reach your goals! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LKEITHO 7/4/2010 10:41PM

    Good luck on reaching your new goals!

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Pushing Past My Mood and Making It a Winning Day

Friday, July 02, 2010

I'm really trying not to pout too much this week, but I'm really guilty of feeling way too sorry for myself. I did work late last night and by the time I got to bed, it was nearly midnight - WAY past my "normal" bedtime. Of course, due to that, I woke up quite late today, add in the foul mood, and I moped most of the morning. I did get some chores done and did a bit of Sparking. Good thing too, because you all make me realize just how much I really do have to be grateful for. I also realized that happiness IS a choice and sitting around on my butt would do nothing to improve the situation and was exactly the way I got to 177 lbs in the first place. So, thanks to many of your blogs and comments, I put on my fitness clothes and told myself that I needed to get out and do at least a mile and perferably 3 (or close to it)....not necessarily pushing it, but at least DOING it. I headed out the door with totally different music on, not my standby normal "running" music. This was just for enjoyment music, to get me through the 1+ miles and hopefully lift my spirits and calm my soul. I was running pretty slow, not really pushing myself, and my breathing was easy, but this was just to get me moving and not to break any speed records. he next thing I knew, I had passed the mile and was still feeling good and hardly breathing heavy....so I kept going 2, 2 1/2, 3, 3 1/2, still not feeling nearly as exhausted as I have when I've done the 5K or more....so, I decided to see what I could do. The best I've done is 5K running then a 1/4 mi walk then the 1 1/4 miles more run for a total of 4 1/2 miles. Today, though, I thought I'll just stay at this pace, just under 12 min miles and try to see what I can do. At about 4 1/2 miles, I thought I might be able to actually do the 10K, especially once I took off the short sleeve zipper top and was down to the pants and sleeveless short top. Even though it was not yet 80 degrees, this was the furthest I'd ever run (since the Army at least - 25+years ago), I just kept going, and around mile 5, I really started feeling it pretty bad...I had plannedto run past the street leading back to the house, but as it approached, I could feel it sucking me in. I was pretty drained, but I made it back to the house for a total of 5.5 miles (8.85K) in just over an hour. (1hr 4mins) That's a little slower than my 5K times have been, but it was nearly 10K and it didn't kill me. I did an extra long stretching session and then did some easy walking with my sister this evening. Hopefully I won't be too sore tomorrow. I pumped now though...already looking for a 10K to do this year. I was planning to wait till next spring and do my first 10K at the same race that I did my first 5K at, but I think I may do a 10K for PADS on 9/11....who knows, I'm crazy enough, if I can keep up the momentum over the winter, maybe even a half marathon (dare I dream it?) next year.

The extra good part of all this is the calorie burn was tremendous. So, when sis and I went to the local Ribfest tonight, I had A rib, a few small bites of pulled pork, a few small bites of brisket, a couple bites of chicken and a roll, and split the coleslaw and beans with my sis. We shared a plate and I didn't eat as much of the meat as she did, but more than I normally would have...and I ate the whole roll.....I have no idea how to count the calories....I may try to figure it out tomorrow, but with the burn of 512 from the run and my maintenance intake which as close as I can figure at this point should be around 1600 or so, I shouldn't have gone too far over, and, even if I did, I've only been around 1200-1300 the past couple of days, so I should still be alright.

Tomorrow, big cross training, weight training day and then picnic, oh no, more food!...and hear my friends band play tomorrow night before the fireworks. Better get to bed!

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BE_STRONG 7/13/2010 11:43PM

    I've been gone on vacation this week and just catching up on my sparking. I think that run was awesone! Good for you! I have yet to go over 25 minutes. I'm supposed to be doing 30 minutes, but the weather was not very cooperative to running while I was gone. I did run 3 days a week, but it was so humid that I had to walk some in the middle of two of my runs. I ran again this AM. I did the 25 minutes and felt much better. I'll try to increase it on my next run. I'll keep you updated. You motivate me so much. Keep it up!

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MIMIKK7 7/2/2010 12:28PM

    emoticonon getting outside and working through your emotions and getting your exercise! You did emoticon! All in all, a very good day! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LKEITHO 7/2/2010 9:00AM

    Great job on getting out and doing the mileage! It's amazing what can happen if you just get yourself out there to start. All the best on doing a 10K this year!

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DAWNDMOORE40 7/2/2010 12:36AM

    emoticonon working past your emotions and getting up and working out! You accomplished a lot today! Stay focused and remember you are worth it! emoticon

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What I Did On My Summer Vacation

Thursday, July 01, 2010

Well, day two of "vacation"....and I'm almost done feeling sorry for myself. I worked a short shift today and I'll work a regular shift on Saturday and Monday. At least I'll pick up some extra money. For now, though, I have two whole days off in a row, so tomorrow, I'll try to plan to do something that I enjoy. It's been hard to convince myself to get much done fitness wise so I guess that it's good that nutritionally I'm doing very well. Need to get off the pity pot tomorrow and start moving more so that I can figure out where I need to adjust my caloric intake for maintenance.

So far as other goals, though, I moving right along with starting to track all income and spending so that I can fine tune a budget and sometime before I'm officially back to "work", I'll redo my resume and start getting it out so I can get a new job - full time (hours AND PAY) and with benefits.

Oh, and the Mahi Mahi (grilled) w/ mango salsa came out EXCELLENT!!! Where were you Deb, your leftovers are in the fridge!

Guess anymore blogging can wait till tomorrow since it's after 11PM now...need my beauty sleep and if I'm not rested, noway will I get my fitness in in the AM.

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MERRYLYN 7/1/2010 11:23PM

    I am so sorry your vacation turned into a staycation.
I know how much you were looking forward to it.
I hope you can find something fun and special to do to lift your spirits a bit. I would be pouting too!! emoticon
It is so awesome that you have reached your goal. I suppose maintaining will be another learning process..
I won't have to worry about that for a while yet. emoticon
Enjoy those days off!!

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BE_STRONG 7/1/2010 11:13PM

    Sounds like you are making lemonade from the lemons that you got on this "vacation" of yours. I hope you enjoy the next couple of days that you have off. Take some time for you as well as work on those financial goals.

The perfect job for you is just waiting for the right time to show itself. I hope for your sake it comes around very quickly.

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MIMIKK7 7/1/2010 10:00AM

    Make the count! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LKEITHO 7/1/2010 9:13AM

    Hope you have a great day to yourself! Have fun!

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Thank God for Sundays (and Just Thank God)

Sunday, June 27, 2010

It's been one heck of a week and I'm emotionally whipped, but better than yesterday. I DO love Sundays...it's my day to set priorities back in order and todaay was no exception. Worship was awesome, as always. I know that God allowed me to go through this week to learn something more about His faithfulness and the perfect timing of His plans....and even though I don't have it all figured out right now, I don't need to.

Spent some time with a dear friend in prayer today...awesome service and worship...went to a debt reduction workshop in preparation for Financial Peace University and then Olive Garden w/ sis for dinner. Didn't even go over in nutrition (but then I had a very light lunch of hummus and celery). This afternoon I had time to do about 20 mins kickboxing and 30 mins pilates....AND this morning, for the third morning in a row, I saaw 139 on the scale...and it was steady...didn't even try to flicker....so it's official. I hit my final target weight. That's actually 7 lbs less than Spark had set, but my personal goal was any number under 140. Now my personal goal is to whittle down 4% more body fat. I don't really plan to lose more weight, just fat and a couple inches as I continue to focus on exercise consistency and toning.

Plus, I be putting more effort into Spark Savings now....trying to use many of the techniques I picked up w/Spark....ie., if you put it in your mouth you write it down FIRST.....should easily translate to write it down before you spend it. We;ll see how that works for me. Plus, there's a Dave Ramsey fans team I can learn alot from.

In the meantime, one thing I know I've learned is that I need to get a good nights sleep if I'm going to work out before work....so, THANK YOU ALL FOR YOU KIND WORDS AND PRAYERS THIS WEEK AS I HAVE BEEN FAIRLY CRAZED. I am still a little disappointed, but all there is to do is to make the best of a not so good situation....life goes on and I didn't overeat or totally abandon my fitness and I'll keep looking ahead to new and exciting goals...whatever they may hold!

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TEAPOT57 7/2/2010 12:01AM

    Find something you love to do and enjoy the two days off. It's suppose to be a hot weekend so hope to get into the pool .
So what kind of job are you looking for ?
Well you have a wonderful weekend. Hope you are back to your exercise routine next week. I need to get back into one also .
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PAMAPPLE 6/29/2010 10:41AM

    I'm glad you had an awesome Sunday! It's wonderful to have support groups to help you to live an abundant and joyful life. Congrats on meeting your goal weight and wishing you continued success in meeting all of your goals! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TEXASG-MA 6/28/2010 10:09PM

  Glad you had a good worship yesterday and an all around good day. Like you said, God knows what you need and sees you get there one way or another. Bless you friend and keep on moving toward your goals. You will be rewarded in the end. You are truly awesome.
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BE_STRONG 6/28/2010 9:38PM

    emoticon on meeting your goal weight. That is just so awesome! It is such an inspiration to me to have one of the people I started on this journey with actually meet their goal. I'm just so pumped for you. It helps me to think that if you can do it, so can I. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LKEITHO 6/28/2010 8:55AM

    Congratulations on reaching your goal weight! Fantastic! And it sounds like you have a good plan going forward. All the best!

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GETFIT2LIVE 6/28/2010 1:34AM

    Sounds like an AWESOME day--I love Sundays as well for the same reason. Congrats on the goal weight, too, that is wonderful! We went through FPU a couple of years ago; it was well worth the time and effort.


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CYCLINGSANDY 6/28/2010 1:11AM

    emoticon on reaching your goal weight. It's amazing what God brings us through so that we'll appreciate the plan He has for us.

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TEAPOT57 6/27/2010 11:34PM

    We took the Dave Ramsey Finanical peace it was worth it . We just finished the thirteen weeks of classes this past Monday. I just wished we took the classes twenty years ago. We have a support group thur our community group now all of us went and took the classes. We got together tonight and talked about ways to help with each other out with our grocery bugets we are all having a hard time with keeping it at a certian amount. So we came up with ideas to help each other out.
I am so proud of you for reaching your goal.
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RGDSGAL 6/27/2010 10:54PM

    Amen. What would we do without Sundays and God?

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You Know It's Going To Be A Bad Day When......

Saturday, June 26, 2010

It's been a heck of a week. I thought today would be the day for things to turn around, but I thought wrong.

The day for me started around :15 this morning when I was rudely awoken by a monster migraine headache. It kept me up and sick for the next 4-5 hours and finally I fell asleep around 5:30 and then woke up to start my day at 8AM. till had the remnants of the migraine, so thought it best to just take it easy this morning, popped a couple Excedrin Migraine and drank a few cups of coffee and got myself to eat some breakfast.

By 11AM, I wan't feeling so bad, so I decided to get out and run some errands in preparation for my trip. Got to the nail salon and no sooner did I sit down, I got a text from the ast two of my traveling buddies telling me that they were backing out of our trip too (and did I still want the hotel room). Not only can I not pull off the 24 car trip by myself, the $100 a night hotel room by myself is completely out of the question....so, vacation is cancelled.

I let them know at work and I guess I'll pick up some hours that week since this would've been an unpaid vacation anyway (although I work 40-or nearly that every week, I'm still considered part-time since I won't work on Sunday mornings.)

Needless to say, I'm not in the best of moods, so I'm staying out of the kitchen and away from my sis. I don't think I really want to hang out here at the house all week. That is NO vacation. And right about now, I'm in no mood to discuss my mood with her

I know that the best thing for me right now would be to get in some exercise, BUT I DON'T WANNA!!!! Guess I'm going to try anayway, since I'm putting on socks and shoes as I type and I already have on my exercise clothes.

It's not helping any that I can hear the neighbors down the street playing mariachi music loud and clear from my bedroom window. I was really hoping that the next time I heard mariachi music, I would be home. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TEAPOT57 6/27/2010 11:08PM

    Wow I just read your last four blogs I wish I could give you a hug. I hope your friends had a real good reason why they had to back out on such a short notice. That really would bother me a lot seeing all the months you were looking forward to this trip and planning for it. But then the Lord may have a reason he doesn't want you to go . I pray something good comes out of this and that you are have a nice week some how. There has to be a reason why your trip was cancelled the Lord has his hand in it for some reason.
Take Care I will be praying for you.
Hugs Lorraine

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    Just read 3 blogs. Sorry you are having such a tough time with phone, trip, vacation, and migraine. Ai yi yi.

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CINDYCHARLENE 6/27/2010 10:47AM

    Oooooooh, come and let me put my arms around you like a mother comforting her child and put your head on my shoulder and just cry. In essence that is what you did in your blog. And that is perfectly OK. You sure need to get it out. Your week is enough to make me cry myself.

My problem in life is I want to fix everyones pain and I can't. So I just have to accept that my loved ones will just have some bad days and pray for them. I'll pray for you to have a better week starting today.

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KAKIPOPUP 6/27/2010 7:03AM

    Yuck. What a day!

I hope you are able to find something good in tomorrow - sometimes it's best just to let the bad days go....sometimes they do gang up on us.

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S3XYDIVASMOM 6/26/2010 9:16PM

    That is a definite bummer. For the most part I like my job, but looking forward to the break really makes it easier to get through the same old, same old. so, even though your vacation has been cancelled do something nice for yourself. Go buy some new clothes, a new haircut, a movie, a change of scenery for your daily workout, a spa day? There ought to be something to sweeten this up for you.

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BE_STRONG 6/26/2010 8:33PM

    I am so sorry your vacation got cancelled. Is there any way your girlfriends would do something closer to home for even one night. I know that sometimes my girlfriends and I get away for the weekend. We just get together, talk silly, and giggle like little girls. Even one night away might be enough to recharge your batteries.

You really have had a bad week. I hope things start going in the right direction for you.

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