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Feeling LIFE Returning to Me

Friday, October 29, 2010

Today and yesterday were both days off of work. Yesterday was just one of those days to get stuff done, things that have fallen way behind ... and I had lighting practice last night, but I did get some much needed rest. First night of 8 hours sleep that I've had in a long time.

Today, was supposed to be a hard and heavy workout day, but there was still alot let to catch up on and so I got a little treadmill running...maybe it's getting easier, but it's still not like outside. I end up pushing myself to do a mile, then take a break to do a ten minute ST video, then a half mile, then some crunches. I just get soooo bored inside and the running, even with my MP3 just isn't fluid. I'm not giving up though. Just have to keep giving it my best and even if it's not what I am used to, accept that and know that it is better than nothing and that it will get better (hopefully) with time.

Got a bunch of extra cooking done too. Made a large pot of fresh green beans. Some with shallots, some with a little perpperd bacon. Also made kale and mustard greens, spagehetti squash, marinara sauce with lots of veggies, acorn squash, and even stepped out on a baking limb and made a batch of pumpkin muffins (actually pumpkin, walnut, raisin, apple and granola). They wound up being only 170 calories each since I used no butter oil or eggs and the milk was skim. I have to say, for someone who doesn't do much baking, they are quite good! By the time I added the extra fruits and nuts and grains, the recipe that should have made 12 actually made 16 so there was enough to have out for sis and me for the next couple of days and then some to freeze.

Did a bunch of work on transferring over all my budgeting information to a new and FREE budget program. I liked TTMMO (Dave Ramsey) program I was using, but I really can't afford to spend the extra $65-even if it is for a year when I can get the other program (Mint) to work for FREE with a little more initial time investment.

Did some laundry and even started to go through some old clothes from last winter. Still have a ways to go there, but once they are all washed, I think most of them will end up in the sell/give away pile since I was 40+ pounds heavier then. Got the drawers moved around....PJ's are now in the smaller drawer by the bed in order to give myself and extra drawer for workout clothes. Not that I have that many, but I have more than a year ago and with winter coming on, there are more pants and shirts and light jackets to layer instead of all shorts.

I even found time to catch up on both Bible studies, read a few chapters on running for women and about 1/3 of this months SHAPE magazine.

Feels good.....I could should myself to death on all the things that I would have like to have gotten done, but instead, I think I will celebrate a productive day that left me feeling refreshed and rested and more organized and ready to face tomorrow with a smile on my face for some jobs well done.

......Maybe I'm learning that being the best me possible is good enough.....

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LKEITHO 10/30/2010 10:49PM

    Sounds like you had a really productive day! Way to go!

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MERRYLYN 10/30/2010 9:01PM

    Wow- look at you go. And Hey! can I come for lunch? The food sounds really yummy. You got so much done you just have to feel really good about yourself. You are right- the best me possible is good enough. There is always tomorrow- or not.
I hope you find your Winter rhythm for exercise. Sounds like you are on the right track. I struggle with Winter in general in all departments. Keep up the good work.

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TRYN2SURVIVE 10/30/2010 12:36PM

    I think you are awesome! You go!

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TEDDYBABE 10/30/2010 10:14AM

    Just reading your blog made me feel a sense of accomplishment. Thank you for sharing. Kudos big time to you! You are doing great!

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SPARKIE1964 10/30/2010 12:07AM

    Love that last line. Amen sista!

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UMUCGRAD 10/29/2010 11:40PM

    Very productive weekend! Doesn't it feel great? Plus, you took care of your OWN needs. Fantastic!

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TEAPOT57 10/29/2010 11:36PM

    Wow you were busy and got a lot accomplished you should be very proud of yourself. Keep up the good workouts and eating right but don't forget to get the rest you need.
Take Care have a wonderful weekend.
Hugs Lorraine

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PINKHOPE 10/29/2010 10:51PM

    WOW - you DID get a lot done! I like your last line - being the best me! DO IT!

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(o: Therapy :o)

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Aaaaaah. Kind of light day for a Saturday at work, plus I usually have to close on Saturdays and today I worked 7-1. Got home and my little sis was here. Turn out the printer she has is VERY old and I would need a completely different cable and adapter to make it hook up to the laptop, so, back to the draing board on that one. Now, investigating the possibility of a Brother (@ Costco) for $50.

The big sis and I had words today....well, no, she had words and I just choked mine back and am refusing to stoop to her level. But, we aren't really conversing right now. She and little sis headed out to church....I went for a run. OUTSIDE! A nice LONG run. The weather was perfect. I have been trying to force myself to run on the treadmill, but I never seem to be able to "find my legs" on the treadmill. I got a couple miles in and then did the last mile + doing short "sprints" then slowing down and then speeding up and slowing down. Wound up at 30:00:22 at the 5K point. Hope this weather lasts a little longer. May move my runs to the evening (early) and dinner will just have to get pushed back. I felt so much better after the run. More centered. More me.

And tomorrow is Sunday - YEAH! Maybe another run day?!?!?

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SPARKIE1964 10/24/2010 10:35PM

    Keep running my friend... emoticon

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IZZYBEBOP 10/24/2010 10:06AM

    Oh the saga of brothers and sisters. I don't speak to my sister, haven't in almost 10 years do to horrible things she said about me and my DH, all because WE helped our 80+ year-old mom out by paying off the mortgage, and she got really hateful with her e-mails, called my mom cussing like a sailor. My mom finally hired an attorney who sent a letter to my sister, telling to have no further contact with her at all.

She replied to the attorney, hatefully, saying he had no authority to claim that she was "in sound mind" when she made the agreement with us and also adeed "I will comply as you wish but I cannot speak from my husband (who by the way is an overbearing, overcontrolling SOB). So much, that HER daughter from a previous marriage ran away at age 18 to live with her biological dad and step mother. Then my sister had the gaul to send her a bill for the childcare she had to hire for THEIR son. The used her as a maid and everything else.

Sorry to go on, this was your blog, but I only mention it because families can get horrible at times.

I hope, for you, that things get better.

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CELLO23 10/24/2010 7:26AM

    Oh yeah! Exercise so helps to work off annoyances. Go you! emoticon emoticon

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SEABREEZE65 10/24/2010 7:07AM

    Great run...and well, sisters, come in all makes and models...

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LADYNETTIE 10/23/2010 11:21PM

    Running is the best therapy in the world!

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Keeping My Motivation and Exciting Discoveries to Fan My Spark!

Friday, October 22, 2010

So, this year, my mood over the impending winter is not as bad as it usually is, but it isn't great....I'm working on it though. I DO know that I've worked too hard to sit back and lose all the ground I've gained towards being healthy. It's going to be a battle, but as I love to say, "You can't lose if you don't give up!" So, in the interest of staying motivated for the long haul, I have almost decided to sign up for a Thanksgiving Day 5K Tukey Trot. I'm sure it will be much colder than I like for running, but the course should be great....FLAT-YEAH! The town is absolutely charming and the start time is not untill 9AM. Plus it would be my first race in the new, older age bracket, (over 50). I'm sure that will not please my sister, but, oh well, she'll get over it!

I did make it up early today, not quite as early as planned, but early enough to get in a short ab video workout before leaving for work. Even hit the treadmill tonight for 1.6 miles (Yuck). I really miss running outside! It's something though....and I just need to keep at it.

Yesterday, I got some organization going. Took some stuff in to Goodwill, but then got some stuff too....actually did very well aside from going over my clothing budget (used 2 months worth in one trip!) My little sis is coming over this weekend to loan me an old printer of hers, so while she's here, I'll try to get here to snap some pics. I have to say, I really look pretty good in clothes that fit!
I got a GORGEOUS red dress with black trim (for Christmas, but I doubt I can wait that long to wear it), and a grey turtleneck kind of sweater style dress (with pockets and super comfy, yet nice enough to wear for job interviews). Also got a pair of khaki pants, a pair of brown slacks, a pair of pilates pants and a pair of lightly lined running pants for when it starts to get really cold. Kind of shocked me that most of what I bought was a size 6 or a small. One pair of pants was an eight and the sweater dress is a 6/8. That was a nice boost to my week and another great incentive to keep up with the fitness.

I also stopped at Trader Joes. I had read in an article that they are carrying a product called peanut flour. It is similar to PB2-a powdered peanut butter. I mix 1/4 cup with just under 1/4 cp water, a little sea salt and 1/2 pkt of equal and YUMMMMY!!!!! It makes 1/3 of a extremely lowfat peanut butter. The peanut flour contains nothing but peanuts, so there are no "weird" flavors and if you like peanut butter, but try to limit it due to the hight fat content, I highly recommend it. Sixteen ounce bag (makes 15 servings of 1/3 cup ea if you prepare it as I do) is around $3.50. Each serving (1/4 cp dry or 1/3 cp prepared) is only 110 cals w/ 4 g fat and 16 g of protein. A serving usually lasts me for 2 servings. So far I have tried it on apple, celery, toast with grapes and on a spoon....I think it's going to become a staple in this house. Tomorrow its being tested in oatmeal with banana and chocolate drizzled on top!

Okay, so that's the update for this week...going for a two day AM fitness streak, so I better get to bed...almost 9:00 and still have some reading to knock out.

Have a super weekend everyone...and thanks for your encouragement.

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SPARKIE1964 10/23/2010 10:34AM

    I'm struggling with the onset of winter around the corner, now that I've discovered running in the great outdoors...Will look to you for inspiration!

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UMUCGRAD 10/22/2010 10:36PM

    Trader Joe's is an amazing store. Thanks for the tip!

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MERRYLYN 10/22/2010 10:35PM

    I don't get grumpy but I do get kind of depressed in Winter. It is dark when you get up and it gets dark by suppertime. I NEED my sunshine. I would never make it in Alaska...
You will do just fine... you sound so determined and I know you are. Good Will is like a treasure hunt... you are never sure what you will find, but it is so much fun finding treasures...
Can't wait to see your new pictures... hope that works out.
Never heard of peanut flour.. sounds interesting. I usually don't eat much pbutter because of the high fat.. Have to check this out..
. emoticon Here is to the turkey trot!!!!!

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Baby Steps and Balance and Sparking My Life

Thursday, October 21, 2010

The journey to a healthier me continues. Maintaining my weight is getting a little less stressful. The first couple of months, everythime I saw a number change on the scale I would panic. It was nerve racking to eat and not immediately record what I just put in my mouth. I still enter most all the food I consume on a regular basis on my favorites and do a spot check one or two days a week. Sometimes I'm a little over and sometimes a little under, but I seem to be keeping it in check for the most part...even allowing for the occasional treat.

Still working on the consistency with my fitness...and with the cooling temps and darkness it is getting even more difficult. I remember why I was so happy to take my runs outside....I HATE THE DREADMILL!!! I really admire all you diehards out there that can do a 5K or more on the thing....not me, at least not yet. Maybe it is psychological, but it is irritating me to no end. Maybe that is an indication that I need to start diversifying my fitness...I know I need alot more core and strength training, so maybe that is the direction I need to be taking for the time being at least.

Also working on getting my finances as under control and managed as my physical self....making progress, s l o w l y , but the learning process is showing some results and I am grateful to see some goals coming into view.

General household organiztion is also on my list....but I have to keep remember to take baby steps and keep EVERYTHING in balance...makes for a much happier and healthier me.

Now, to sleep, or I will be a more tired and cranky me when I try to get up for an attempt at the early morning fitness (4:45AM-Yuck!) before I go to work at 7AM.

Keep Sparking friends....let your flames shine bright!!!

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LKEITHO 10/22/2010 10:21PM

    Sounds like things are going well. Congrats on the balance you have achieved!

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GLADGAD 10/22/2010 9:35AM

    You are doing a great job to bring everything into balance. Over the last couple of years I was trying to fit training for a half marathon into an 8-5 job, which meant dark runs or the treadmill. I HATE the treadmill, and only used it for workouts of 45 minutes or less. I did find a lighted dirt path between work and home, but it was very loopy and short - maybe a mile around, but it was fine for those shorter runs when I didn't want to run indoors. I also ran one day a week with a group of 1-4 friends. Although it was dark out, there were street lights and it was a popular place for runners, so we felt pretty safe. The only reason I didn't run with them more is because it was a 40 mile drive each way! So one day a week was treadmill, one day was in the dark with friends, and then Sunday morning was my long run in the daylight. Keep up the good work - you can do this.

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SPARKIE1964 10/22/2010 8:38AM

    I am so proud of all that you have accomplished on your journey. You are the master! Impressed by 4:45 a.m. wake up for fitness. What time do you sleep!

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BE_STRONG 10/22/2010 6:55AM

    You are just so dedicated. You can do it!

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GRATEFUL4TODAY 10/22/2010 4:20AM

    You are so right about a balanced life. The past six months I have majorly focussed on my health and had some great successes but I have let other things go to the side. I run my first half in 16 days and then two weeks later my son is coming home for the first time since last Christmas. Time to re focus and find that balance!

Keep up the good work! You are doing awesome!

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CYCLINGSANDY 10/22/2010 3:06AM

    I hear you on the maintaining my weight loss perspective. I like the treadmill fine. But I kow outdoors running is better for me. Being organized and in order will bring you some peace too.

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LADYNETTIE 10/22/2010 2:17AM

    You are doing great, keep on sparking!

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Fall/Winter Adjustment

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Well, I think I'm starting to get some balance and a little bit used to the fall/winter rhythm. I usually am much crankier by this time of the year, but this year doesn't seem quite a bad. I really hate the cold, so usualy from September through May I am quite grumpy, but although I'm not really happy about the upcoming biter cold months, I am making adjustments....slowly, albeit, but I am making progress.

Tomorrow should be a day off work...hours are quite cut back this week and even more next. I have a major project to do, though....a door and moulding takeoff from a new construction blueprint that I haven't had a chance to touch since the customer left it on Saturday. We've been extraordinarily busy recently and my sales have been through the roof....if fact, they are supposed to annouce that I am the sales employee of the month again, but yet, they are still cutting hours. Doesn't make sense! Anyway, they said I could come in and pick up a couple extra hours and get this project done, so I'l do that early in the morning and then have the rest of the day until lighting practice in the evening to get stuff done. I don't want to spend the extra on the fitness center, so I will try to get in at least 1/2 hour of fitness at home while doing laundry and maybe sis will let me start the transformation of the workout area. Hope she is still willing,

Also, going to try to get the HRM in to the other jewelers or to Radio Shack and see if either of them can get a battery in the thing. Also, read a review somewhere here on Spark re:powdered peanut butter.....I have really acquired a taste for peanut butter since joining Spark, but the fat calories can really add up. I had heard about PB2, but it is quite pricey and mail order only. The article I read said that Trader Joe's now has a similar product called peanut flour which is even better (if you add salt) and MUCH less expensive. I love a good reason to get to Tader Joe's....now I have one and it's within the food budget! Has anyone else out ther tried it????

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BASILIC 10/22/2010 9:59AM

    Congratulations on making Employee of the Month.

I love Trader Joes and visit it everytime I visit my sister in AZ. Unfortunately we have none in Texas yet. I heard that Trader Joe evenutally plans to set up a port in Dallas, which would then allow them to spread out to the rest of Texas, but assume that's been put on hold while they wait for the economy to improve.

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BE_STRONG 10/21/2010 6:36AM

    Employee of the month is a big honor. Congrats. Hope you get that HRM going. I bet it will be interesting to find out where you are in your runs.

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SPARKIE1964 10/20/2010 10:36PM

    Hope you can soon put that HRM to use along with your new sneaks!

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MRSJARI 10/20/2010 10:26PM

    Yep - I also don't want to join a gym, etc so I do my stuff at home.

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LKEITHO 10/20/2010 10:26PM

    I had never heard of the powdered peanut butter. Interesting! I love PB, too, but like you I try and avoid it because of the fat and the calories.

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